As Disciples we should be witnessing on a regular basis to those around us about Jesus and His Kingdom.
Witnessing is an essential part of our mission and purpose as a follower of Jesus and as a citizen of His Kingdom.
As we seek to witness we should be abundantly and indiscriminately scattering, planting, and watering the seed — the word of Yahweh (God).
What Does It Mean to Abundantly and Indiscriminately Scatter, Plant, & Water the Seed of the Good News?
Let’s begin by looking at some scripture regarding this (always best place to start):
Notice here that the farmer scattered the seed abundantly and indiscriminately.
He wasn’t concerned with making sure the seed only landed in good soil.
Of course this isn’t necessarily Jesus’ main point in this parable, but it is applicable to witnessing and spreading the Good News.
It’s the Disciple’s Responsibility to Scatter, Plant, & Water the Seed (God’s Word & Good News), but it’s Yahweh’s Responsibility to Make It Grow
An encouraging aspect of this truth is that we can share Yahweh’s Word and Good News with others without having to feel responsible or pressured to make it grow.
Although we should feel a burning passion to do our best to witness effectively by sharing the Good News, providing good reasons for the faith, answering questions, and trying to overcome objections, at the end of the day, WE CAN’T MAKE IT GROW.
It’s not up to us. That’s Yahweh’s work.
Yahweh says that When His Word is Shared It Always Serves Its Purpose.
When we do our part in sharing the Good News with others it allows Yahweh, His Holy Spirit, and His Word to go to work in the individual’s life and heart.
It will allow the person to have a chance to accept or reject it. Either way it serves its purpose.
To Those Who are Being Saved We are the Fragrance of Life, but to Those Who are Perishing We are the Aroma of Death
When we share the Good News with others we don’t need to try to figure out how they’re going to respond or if they’re the right person to talk to.
Once again, Yahweh and His Word will reveal their hearts.
To those who are perishing they will likely reject us, hate us, and consider us the smell of death, but to those who are being saved we, as ambassadors for Christ, will be the greatest aroma they’ve ever smelled — the aroma of true life.
Another important thing to keep in mind when abundantly and indiscriminately scattering, planting, and watering the seed of Yahweh’s Word and Good News is that you may not be the person God is going to use to bring them into the Kingdom.
That is to say that the crop may not be ready for harvesting at the time of your witnessing to the individual.
This is where we surrender to whatever role Yahweh has us in with each witnessing opportunity.
At one time He may be using us to plant the seed for the first time in a person’s heart.
In another situation He may be using us to water the seed that has already been planted in their heart by someone else.
We have to rely on Yahweh to use whoever is best to bring in the harvest.
That very well may be us or it may be a friend, family member, or coworker of the person we’re witnessing to.
The important thing is to do our part and trust Yahweh to do His by using the right person to bring them into the Kingdom when they’re ripe for harvesting.
So, if those we are witnessing to are sincerely seeking, Yahweh says they will find Him.
We have to rest in this promise of Yahweh, especially since we may never know during our life in this world if some of the people we have witnessed to have entered the Kingdom.
If we are truly about the Kingdom then this will probably make a lot of sense and we will be eager to do it.
If we are just focused on converting new members to our church, then this will probably not make much sense and we will only witness to people we feel we can bring into our church.
Unfortunately, this latter mindset severely limits the seed (Yahweh’s Word/Good News) from being abundantly and indiscriminately scattered, planted, & watered throughout the world.
Before Jesus ascended to the right hand of the Father He gave His disciples this command in Matthew 28:18-20:
What do we do when we are the person Yahweh wants to use to bring them into the Kingdom? This is when we move into the next level of “Disciple Making”, which is to baptize them and teach them to obey Jesus.
When we are not the person Yahweh has chosen to bring them into the Kingdom we should pray for them to meet someone who is also trying to follow in this command of making disciples by baptizing them and teaching them to obey Jesus’ commands.
The Inspiring Story of How Frank Jenner Scattered, Planted, and Watered the Seed of the Good News
Frank Arthur “Bones” Jenner (often misspelled Genor) lived during the early to mid 1900’s and was known for evangelizing everyday on George Street in Sydney, Australia.
His way of witnessing was to stop people and ask them, “excuse me, if you died tonight would you go to Heaven?” Then he would give them a Gospel Pamphlet/Tract to take with them.
It’s estimated that Mr. Jenner personally witnessed to over 140,000 people during his life using this witnessing method.
Throughout most of his life he didn’t know if he had ever brought anyone to Christ with this witnessing method. This must have been quite difficult and discouraging at times.
I can only imagine how great it must of felt that day toward the end of his life when he was told that he had, in fact, contributed to hundreds, if not, thousands of souls being reached and saved.
This is a short video about Mr. Jenner and his witnessing on George Street in Sydney, Australia:
Like Mr. Jenner, I try to witness everyday by talking to people and handing out cards of my own.
When witnessing, I try not to overthink it or talk myself out of it.
If the Holy Spirit nudges me to witness to someone and I’m in a position to do it, then I just do it. Think of Nike 🙂
This is a part of doing it “Abundantly and Indiscriminately”.
Don’t try too hard to determine if the person the Spirit is nudging you to witness to is the right person or not.
The more you follow the Holy Spirit in this way — the more people you will be able to witness to each day.
Remember… JUST DO IT 🙂
Here are some other pretty good ones that I have used in the past or that I still use from time to time:
If you consider yourself to be a Disciple of Jesus, I encourage you to follow in Mr. Jenner and my footsteps by thinking of similar ways in which you can witness everyday.
Now Go! Get out there and Scatter, Plant, & Water that Seed 🙂