One thing about me that a lot of people don’t know, is that I have a hobby (possibly an obsession) with collecting house plants. My love for my first plant grew and before I knew it I had 20 and I still have a few plants to add to my collection! As a rookie plant mom, I was actually surprised to learn that it’s more than just water and sunlight to keep your plant happy (and alive). Each plant is unique, with its own set of needs and every day I’m still learning. Some require high levels of humidity, some actually don’t like direct sunlight, others like their soil to stay very saturated, others not so much. I could really go on all day talking about plants but I’ll get to the point. When it comes to Christianity, it’s not just a “one size fits all” type of approach when sharing the gospel to friends and family who don’t know God. Each person is unique; some people might be moved and become saved after hearing a great sermon and engaging in spirit filled worship. Someone else might need a deeper insight to the gospel, and it may take many encounters with the Holy Spirit before they accept Jesus in their heart.
In Acts 26:28-29, Paul, who is a prisoner at this time, is standing before King Agrippa sharing his testimony. “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” Paul replied, “Short time or long— I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening today may become what I am, except for these chains.” As someone personally experiencing heartache over people close to me rejecting the gospel, this hit home. No matter how long it takes, I pray that God will draw every lost person near so they can experience the everlasting joy I have been given by Jesus Christ.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Ultimately God is the only one who can draw people to himself. All I can do is trust in Him, and be a light so that maybe through me, they can see the goodness of God.