The Christian Public Servant – “good soil for conversation”

August 10, 2016 – Wednesday

Matthew 13:3(b)-8 [NIV] … A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.

What do you read in the break room? A magazine? A newspaper? A book?

Whatever you read, I’m sure it’s well-written, gives you the necessary details, and can even leave you filled with excitement and suspense about the what-now and the what-next. And you know what? The Bible does that and much more!

With the Bible, you have a book of true stories and moral lessons. Great information written about God and about you. Stories about life. Parables written about down-to-earth people. Drama that leads you to wonder about the what-now and the what-next.

And remember, what’s read often leads to conversation. A coworker may ask about what’s in that newspaper, that magazine, or that novel. And sadly, many people don’t realize the excitement involved in reading the Bible. They’ve never had a conversation about God.

So why not read the Bible in the break room? True, someone may claim what you’re reading is nonsense. And that’s OK. It gives you a chance to say, “It’s really great stuff!” While you don’t want to scatter seeds on the rocks of debate or into the thorns of argument, you just might be able to find good soil for conversation about the exciting biblical story you’re reading.

So today at work, what will you read in the break room? Read your exciting Bible. Yes, scatter seeds and find good soil for conversation!

And who knows? Your crop might just be – 30, 60, or 100 times what you sow!

Father, You know exactly who needs to be replanted or watered or nourished. Give me courage to be Your farmer. Help me find good soil for conversation in my break room. Help me do Your will wherever You place me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Frank Hulse
(retired but still doing His work)
Kairos Prison Ministry
Bartlesville and Hominy, Oklahoma USA

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