Growing

Growing...

So here’s the question everyone involved in a ministry often encounters- “How many people  have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior in your ministry?” I was speaking with a group of folks who are believers and supporters of us when asked.  “None to my knowledge” I replied. I think about this all the time. Our staff is very focused on the gospel. It all starts with a spiritual assessment of each child that comes through our doors. Do they believe there is a God or not? If they do believe there is a God what does that mean to them? Those answers dictate our approach, and it’s never the same, it has to fit that particular child. Prayer, individually and corporately is always the starting place. Asking the Holy Spirit to guide us and soften hard hearts is a key practice of ours. Over time our relationship with the child becomes very close and we can get to know how better to relate to them. It takes time for them to realize you truly care for them. We study the Bible, pray, and provide clarity into who God is and all He has done for them.  Still, through all of this investment we haven’t had a decision for Christ.

The Apostle Paul writes in 1st Corinthians Ch 3 when addressing some divisions in the church.

"What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are Gods fellow workers. You are Gods field, God’s building. According to the grace of God given me, like a skilled master builder I laid the foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it."

1 Corinthians 3:5-10

Paul saw no difference in the work to be done, planting or watering, each share in the mission. As Gods fellow workers each is dependent on the other. God gives all growth, it’s dependent on His will, not anything of us. So we plant, water and wait for God to move.

Jesus states in John 4: 35-37

"Do you not say, 'There are yet four months, then comes the harvest?' Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true ‘One sows and another reaps’”.

John 4: 35-37

I understand people want to see results. It’s probably very rewarding to say “X number of people have received Christ through the ministry”. We just have been sowing for now, and that’s okay. It’s not as exciting as reaping. Nobody throws a big party when the sowing is done. I’ve never seen a Sowers fest, but a Harvest fest is quite common. Our staff truly strives for those breakthrough moments when hearts soften and Christ is accepted. But maybe our function is more sower for now.
All I know is it is a great privilege, honor and responsibility to serve God and these kids. Whatever the results, some not to be seen in this life. We just have to do our part.

Please join us this November for our Sowers Fest!

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson

Scott Johnson is CVYR's founder and fearless leader. With Christ as his focus, he serves kids in the community by being a mentor, friend, and father figure. You can usually find him on a horse wearing his unicorn helmet.