Don’t Miss Your Opportunity

Posted: June 18, 2013 in Bible, Discipleship, Evangelism, Family, Missions, Preaching

the sower

A little more than two years ago, our deacon chairman, David Holbrook, heard a diagnosis which struck him and his family with terror — amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. David lost his battle to ALS last year.

On June 19, 2011, David wrote a testimony warning against missing opportunities. A copy of this testimony hangs in my study at the church to remind me not to miss any opportunity to sow the seeds of the gospel. Last Sunday — Father’s Day — our missions pastor, Tim Scott, read David’s testimony, which incidentally was written on Father’s Day two years ago. Here’s David’s testimony:

“Romans 10:14 says, ‘How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?’

“Over the past several Sundays we have studied Mark 4. In the parable the sower starts his day with a single, very intentional focus. The sower goes out to sow!

“I can visualize the sower tying an apron around his waist and filling the pouches until they could not hold another seed! (a morning with God in prayer and reading the Word). At first light he heads out and at the first opportunity he plunges his hand deep into the bulging pockets of his apron only to discover that his hands will longer grasp the seed! For the first time in his life he is not able to do what he is called to do. Try as he may he can only grasp one or two seeds at a time.

“The sower begins to think of all the places where he was waiting to sow until his sowing technique was better, or waiting on the climate to be perfect and rain imminent. Now he could only regret not going while he was able.

“If this were the last day that you were able to share the good news of Jesus, where would you go? Would you save anything back or would you sow every last seed given to you? ‘And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher (sower)?'”

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