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Being a Gardener for Christ

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have
commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew
28:19-29) This verse is what Christ told His disciples to do before He went up to heaven,
but He wasn’t telling only the twelve disciples to do it. He wants us (all Christians) to do the same. So this school year, my Do Hard Things goal is to witness to more people.

Sharing salvation with people requires stepping out of my comfort zone.
It is not easy to talk to someone about Christ, whether they are my friend or not. Many thoughts race through my mind such as: will they laugh at me, what if they don’t want to listen, or what if they have questions and I don’t have answers. Some of those things may happen, but God has commanded us to share His word. I need to trust Him and take that leap of faith, because if I do, really good things can happen.

Witnessing to someone can be kind of scary. Some people may not listen, but others will! When we feel the Holy Spirit telling us to do something, it probably would be easier not to do it. However, if I don’t listen and just ignore it, I may be missing out on a great opportunity. Just think, if I stepped outside my comfort zone and talked to someone about Christ, I could be part of saving them from hell.

The outcome of sharing Christ can be very good. I may be the one who plants the seed in a person’s life, and someone else will water it. Other times, I may be the person who waters the seed and leads them to Christ. That is probably the most exciting part: to actually see someone become a Christian.  However, planting the seed is very important too. If I have faith in God, and ask for His help, I can have the courage to witness to people.

I have not witnessed to very many people, and I feel bad about it. That is why it is my Do Hard Things goal. It will take some time until I feel really comfortable doing it, but I already have someone in mind to whom I am going to start witnessing. This is my goal for this year, but I would also like to carry on this goal for the rest of my life. “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

Essay by Emily McCollum

Bay Area Christian School

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