What do we, as Christians, do with that person whom you love and try to help but they won’t help themselves? Many years ago before I became a Christian I knew someone who was on hard times. Without going into great detail, I had many conversations about this person and often said they would have to hit their bottom before they realized they needed help. This person died. Death was their bottom.
So now I’m a Christian and I know of several situations that are very similar. As a Christian we are to love everyone. Shine the light of Jesus in the darkness is our appointment. We try to help others because we sincerely care. What about when they take advantage of generosity? Continual supply will increase demand. Do we not become their “god” for them when we keep them from failing completely? Will they not ever have a reason to turn to God as long as we take care of their every need? Are we not getting in God’s way when He is trying to get them to turn to Him but we step in and “try to help”?
All of these questions led me the parables of reaping and sowing. Matthew 13:7-8 Jesus is speaking of sowing seeds, “And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” Keep in mind, I am speaking of nonbelievers who choose not to help themselves. Are we not sewing our seeds on thorny ground? The Gospel of Jesus divides; It separates good from evil, sheep from goats. God will either harden or soften our hearts, depending on the condition of our heart. The Lord gave us our own will to choose. He is patient and faithful to us in hopes we will choose Him. The Lord loves and blesses us even as sinners but the unredeemed do not see nor hear this. Jesus is our Saviour today but one day He will be our Judge.
So what does God do to those who sow their seeds on thorny ground, the ones who don’t bear fruit? Jesus says in John 15:2 “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” Bear in mind, ONLY God can cut off these withered branches, not man. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4. We are a branch off The Vine, the Lord Jesus.
Furthermore, I found in Matthew 13:24-25 “Another parable He put forth to them, say: ‘The kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.’ ” This parable is speaking of the enemy coming to sow poisonous seeds in the fields of those he wished to hurt.
Souls are at stake when we are sowing our seeds, including our own. Our good intentions may be the very thing that is getting in the Lord’s way of helping them. We, Christians, often say it is only the Lord that can help them. In the mean time, we try to help them until God steps in. God’s plan of salvation does not include us “saving” them. Our continued prayers for His continued grace and mercy on them, our continued unconditional and nonjudgemental love for them is what God wants from us. They must choose the Lord’s plan of salvation by accepting Jesus as their Saviour. We cannot choose for them. We trust whole heartedly the Lord with our lives, now we must also trust the Lord with their lives as well. We have to let go of them, lay them at the foot of the Cross and allow and trust God with their souls. We cannot save their souls, only the Lord can do this. God runs and greets every prodigal son and daughter that comes home to Him. The angels in Heaven rejoice every time a soul is saved. The Lord’s ways are so much greater than our ways. It is only the Holy Spirit’s conviction that will lead them to the Cross of Jesus. We tell them the Gospel of Jesus, we glorify the Lord in our lives and allow Him to work through us.
As for me, I worry about the ones who are in this situation. Today, I am laying them at the foot of the Cross and trusting God to give them the strength and wisdom they need to see the poisonous seeds in their fields. Today, I am praying for the ones whose strength is being choked by the thorns.
As for the person I was speaking about earlier, I truly don’t know their situation with the Lord when they died, as I was far from the Lord myself. There are somethings I do know for a fact though. I know above all else, God wanted them to turn to Him for their salvation. Whether they did or not, only God knows. Furthermore, I also know one of these two things, as harsh as this may sound; they are either in hell praying for someone to let their loved ones know hell is for real and to choose Jesus (Luke 16:19-31) or they are in Heaven anxiously awaiting their loved ones arrival. I pray this person will be waiting on me at the pearly gates of Heaven. I pray they chose Jesus. I pray you choose Jesus. – Donna Warren