Harvesting A Surprise

by Rob Dunne

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And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Galatians 6:9

One of the most rewarding aspects of youth ministry I’ve experienced, was short term mission trips. To date, I have traveled to Jamaica, Mexico, Guatemala and Uganda.  These overseas trips were particularly powerful because the students experienced how difficult life was outside of the United States. They realized just how good they had it back home!

Admittedly, students occasionally made poor choices. There were times when I wondered if my efforts were for naught.

Recently, a former student reminded me of a conversation that we had while on a mission trip. It was a conversation that I myself had forgotten we even had. Getting a teenager to engage in any type of meaningful conversation is like pulling teeth. Sure, they will talk about the opposite sex, the latest movie or stump you with lingo only they understand. However, they seldom let the walls down far enough to reveal what is really going on inside them.

On this particular evening, a group of adults were discussing the Holy Spirit. Specifically, we were grappling with the topic of speaking in tongues. The former student happened to be a part of this discussion. Surprisingly, she was interested, participated in the conversation and wasn’t afraid to express her opinion. It has been over ten years since we returned from that trip. The fact that she remembered sitting outside the hotel and having this conversation really touched my heart because it made some sort of impression on her.

We may never know the impact that we have in the lives of others. The only thing that we have control over is the time we invest. I’d like to think that the investment will have eternal consequences. Hopefully, it makes a difference in the other person’s life. If not, my reward will be hearing Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

When a farmer plants seed at the beginning of the season, he puts faith in the fact that there will be a harvest in the fall. Likewise, the bible tells us that we will reap what we sow in due season. First and foremost, our job is to plant seeds at every opportunity.

You may not work with the youth at your church or be involved in any type of church sponsored ministry. However, you do have a sphere of influence. Ask the Holy Spirit what you can do to sow spiritual seeds in the world around you. Put faith in the fact that the Father will send someone to water those seeds and know that in due season, you will reap what you have sown!

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