What Does Farming Have To Do With Discipleship?
Does it seem strange to you that our ministry is to help those who have not learned to be productive members of society, to help break addictions, to make disciples for Christ, in order to return as productive citizens and missionaries to their community, but what we talk about the most is farming?
Life is hard
The year was 1992 and I was graduating from High School with no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and no real idea on how to live my life. For years I relied on my parents to tell me what to do and how to do it, and I relied on my teachers to teach me and tell me what was required.
Now in college I found out that nobody cares to tell you what to do or when to do it. If you succeed great, and if you fail there is always someone new to take your place. I came home after two years of college and entered the workforce and bounced from job to job for twenty years, always dissatisfied and still trying to figure out life.
Once I started studying the Bible, especially my intense study of Romans, I realized that the life I was wasting wasn't mine to waste at all.
What is a Disciple?
A disciple is a student or a trainee, kind of like an apprentice. First you learn, then you observe, then you do, finally you teach a new apprentice.
The first thing we teach a potential disciple is about salvation. I remember when Jesus taught about the four soils and how we broadcast the seeds of truth, but while some seeds bounce off the hardened path and the birds ate up the truth, and some fell on rocky soil, but didn't have any depth to grow and withered away, and other seeds fell on thorny ground and were choked out, there was this good soil where the seeds fell and then flourished.
If a farmer decided to ignore his crops after they were planted, he would have a very sorry looking harvest, but this is what happens too many times in church. We have a come in, sit down, be quiet, listen to us, fill that plate up and then get going model.
Paul, while dealing with divisions in the Corinthian church, hit on this idea that while he planted the good news, and his fellow minister Apollos watered and cared for the work that Paul started, only God gives the increase. None of the things we do is anything if God isn't working behind the scen