The preparation for our fall garden is well underway. The Holy Spirit brought to my attention the time and energy it takes to cultivate the ground. A few weeks ago, my husband used a tilling attachment on a piece of equipment to dig up a plot of land. He let it sit for a week or so and then tilled it again. He started preparing a few rows, then on Monday, I finished them. There was a lot of work that we needed to do before we planted any seeds. Preparing to minister and bring the message of salvation in Jesus is the same. You must put in the effort to cultivate the ground you plan on planting seeds. Don’t get me wrong, you can plant seeds anywhere, but if you want to harvest an abundant crop of souls, you will need to do some work in preparation.
First and foremost, you must have a relationship with Jesus. Your equipment must be in working order to plow the ground; equip yourself with prayer and scripture. You don’t want to waste the seed in poor soil; cultivate the relationship; the seeds you plant will be more likely to grow if the person you’re ministering to trusts you. After you hoe the rows, begin planting the seeds. Water, weed, and watch them grow. Time is short; start your garden now.
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:23