Planting Seeds on Difficult Soils

11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12

Peter finished his speech to the leaders with a clear road to salvation. He didn’t shy away from the whole truth, and left the burden on them to accept or reject Christ. What impact did it have? Did they repent? Did they admit they had been wrong all these years? No, they didn’t.

That’s not the point. As I’ve written earlier, Peter and John were planting seeds, lots and lots of seeds. We can say these were seeds planted on hard ground as Jesus taught, be we don’t know that. We just don’t know how much the Holy Spirit had been working in the hearts of these leaders. You have to believe, though, that He was working in them for Peter and John to even get a chance speak to them. We just don’t know the outcome right away.

Witnessing to others without knowing the outcome of your work is difficult. Recently, seven nations have been in the news because the United States has placed travel restrictions on citizens in those countries.

Libya
Iraq
Iran
Syria
Yemen
Somalia
Sudan

It is very difficult to be a Believer in those countries. Often Believers are imprisoned for their faith. And yet, there are Believers there who actively share their faith. Pray for the Believers in one of those countries. Pray that God will continue to strengthen and encourage them as they go about their daily lives. When Christians share their faith in those countries, they really don’t know the outcome of seeds they plant.

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