In 2014, Easter Sunday fell on April 20th. 4/20. I thought it was kind of funny. Some people asked, “Don’t you know what 4:20 is?” I did. And I would reply: “I think it would be awesome if we had a bunch of potheads here for Easter.” It was also a goal. We wanted to have 420 people here that Sunday. We didn’t. We had more than we’ve ever had, somewhere in the 250-270 range.
That Easter, though, was when we developed what we call “The Law of the Harvest.” Can I explain it a little to you?
As you’ve heard me say, many times, in our time we are kind of addicted to instant gratification. We are so used to getting what we want immediately, that we’ve lost touch with the process. We want our fortune now. We want our future now. We want our retirement now. We want our fame now. We’re Veruca Salt. We want a goose that lays golden eggs for Easter, and we want it now.
But, so much of life can’t be accomplished immediately. In fact, nearly all of life is more about the process than it is the end product. Growing up from an infant into an adult is a process. Maturing from an arrogant teenager into a mature 37 year old is a process.
Becoming a fully devoted follower of Jesus is also a process. Unfortunately, just like in so many other areas of our lives, we allow our impatience to deter us from the best God has for us. We want to know everything about being a disciple now. We want all the benefits and blessings before we’ve been faithful to the process.
The same is true when it comes to reaching out to those around us who don’t know Jesus. We want to skip the process and jump right to the “big ask.” Then we get frustrated when they don’t respond. And we never ask again.
What I want to share with you today is the process of “Preparing The Soil”
This is a PDF to a revised version of the “Preparing the Soil” ebook I wrote for our church a few years ago. Will you take a few minutes to read through it and start applying this process to the people God has put in your life? He put them there for you to shine the light of God’s love. Will you be faithful to the process?