Seeds First

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"It looks like these tomatoes will be just perfect for the fair next week," noted Mom. "You certainly have worked hard in this garden, honey."

Kara smiled. "It was fun most of the time," she said as she moved the hose. "I wonder how Becky is doing on the quilt she's making for the sewing exhibit."

"I'd like to see it sometime," said Mom, picking up a weed she had pulled from the garden. "She's such a sweet girl. Has she enjoyed coming to Sunday school with us?"

"I think so," replied Kara. She sighed. "I thought if Becky heard Mrs. Carson explain about Jesus, she'd trust Him as her Savior, but she hasn't yet."

"The Bible says that every time we tell someone about Jesus, it's like planting a seed," answered Mom. "Do you remember planting the vegetable seeds and then waiting for them to start growing?"

Kara nodded. "Some seeds sprouted almost right away," she remembered, "but others didn't come up for days--even weeks! I was beginning to wonder if they ever would."

"You didn't stop watering them though, did you?" asked Mom.

Kara shook her head. "No way!" she exclaimed. "After all the work of planting them, I wasn't going to give up! But it sure took a long time for some of them to get started."

"It's like that when we plant the seed of the Gospel, too," Mom told her. "Sometimes we see people come to Jesus almost right away. Other times it doesn't happen so quickly. Our task is to keep watering those Gospel seeds by continuing to witness to our unsaved friends--and to keep on praying for them."

"You mean . . . like Becky? We need to keep praying for her and telling her about Jesus and taking her along to Sunday school, right?" asked Kara.

"Right," agreed Mom. "Only God can cause the Gospel seeds that have been planted in her life to eventually sprout and grow."

Kara nodded. "Okay," she said. "I didn't give up on the seeds in the garden, and I won't give up on Becky, either!"

How About You?
Have you been witnessing to someone? Have you become discouraged because that person hasn't accepted Jesus as Savior yet? Don't give up! Plant and water the seeds of the Gospel by continuing to talk about Jesus. Pray and do all you can to influence that person to yield to Him. Do your part, and God will do His. Trust Him to cause those seeds you've planted to eventually grow.

Today's Key Verse:
I (Paul) planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
(1 Corinthians 3:6)

Today's Key Thought:
Keep witnessing