Bible Verse: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” (2 Corinthians 9:6)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:1-23

In many cases when we witness we will sow the seed of the Good News about Jesus and not see immediate results. However, this should not trouble us. Rightly understood, “seed planting” as a metaphor for witness leads us to expect a natural time lag between the sowing of gospel seed and the harvest of conversion.

Since harvest and conversion cannot happen without the seed of the gospel being sown, Christians should intentionally pursue sowing as widely as they possibly can. Since sowing widely is such a worthy goal, we must ask ourselves how we must live so that it will occur in our lives.

Our first step is to meet and get to know new people. If we do not make new contacts, we are condemning ourselves to sowing over and over in ground that has already received seed. So, how then do we meet new people?

We can intentionally put ourselves in situations where we have the opportunity to get to know non-believers. This sounds simple but may require a radical shift in our thinking. Most believers largely orient their lives around other Christians. To break out of this mindset and practice will demand a firm intentionality.

Serving people outside the church is one avenue to consider. Volunteering will put us in close contact with fellow volunteers who may not be Christians as well as with the clients we serve. We could join social clubs. We could join a local gym and during our workout times begin to get to know some hard-core pressers of iron. Those interested in sports could join a club for tennis, volleyball, racquetball, badminton, darts, pickle ball, biking, or even billiards. Sharing hobbies and interests is another great way of meeting new people.

Small things can offer significant starting points. What about making a goal to learn and remember the names of people that you do business with in your neighbourhood? Most of us go to the same grocery stores, banks, and corner stores where we see the same people. If we took the trouble to learn their names we would have a pool of people with whom a relationship would be possible. While we will not go on to have close ties with all of them, we will almost certainly, by the providence of God, have some new relationships and in due course have opportunities to share.

Some Christians avoid witnessing because meeting new people makes them uncomfortable. Some think that witnessing is only for extroverts. However, God calls both extroverts and introverts and all the shades in between to answer the call to witness.

— Royal Hamel in Unmuzzle Your Inner Sheep: Liberating Believers to Share Jesus ©2013. Used by permission.

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