So, in the agriculture industry, there has been a movement in the past several years to “share our story” about what farmers do and how agriculture truly operates. The industry has encouraged everyone to share their voice because there is a disconnect between those who actually farm and those who do not. The idea is that we as an industry would spread our own side of the story to counteract all the lies about agriculture that are being produced by many different parties.
I was recently sitting in a meeting where ideas were discussed on how farmers can share their story via different types of messaging. But, a lot of our problem in the industry is that it is hard to get those who don’t know agricultural life to understand or agree with how things are actually done or why farmers do what they do. And what’s more, often times people who grew up understanding the truth of agriculture but do are not as passionate or do not rely on agriculture for a living are not a prepared to answer all of those questions as a farmer himself. In fact, often times they are unlikely to not only spread the true story, but they may even cave to believing (either slowly or quickly depending on their understanding and knowledge) popular culture’s arguments, true or not.
It got me thinking, how often do we try to think of different ways to spread the Word of God and end up in the same situation? I realized that similar to the agriculture industry’s problem, we as Christians tend to meet people who agree with us because they already know the Lord or had a Christian upbringing. It is really hard to get those who do not understand Jesus already to really feel the same way. And some people who may not be as passionate about their relationship with the Lord, may be more susceptible to being swayed by popular culture.
Even more, traditionally we do not speak out in situations we may be put into where those around us who we know side with popular culture’s beliefs. And those who do not feel like they are as knowledgeable also tend to stay silent and not share God’s truth. It may be because of fear, pressure or just the feeling of being unprepared. Let me note here that this is why prayer, letting the Holy Spirit work in someone’s life and the power of God’s Word itself are so important.
It really is easier to stay silent. But, those who are more passionate can tend to develop a “spread the word” mentality of putting out as much information as possible with no real understanding of those around them or actually preparing those people with whom they are sharing the information. That is why teaching someone and inspiring them with the truth of God’s Word overtime becomes very important. Those coupled with prayer and personal testimonies of your own relationship with the Lord can go far.
And being a part of that person’s life and letting them be part of your life is another element to sharing God’s love. Bible believing Christians compared to farmers may sometimes just be a seed planter instead of being the ones walking them through the whole process. Unfortunately for us and similarly to agriculture, there are many who are spreading false information that confuses many.
Remember, often times it is easier to preach it to the choir, both in agriculture and as Christians. While we may face criticisms and arguments from the other side when trying to share the Word, the truth will prevail in the end. It may be a painful experience and many may have to learn the truth through a serious of hard events in life. But, God’s truth will stand strong and never change. And we are encouraged to share that truth.
“Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, ‘All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.'” -Matthew 28:16-20