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The Invite
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I didn’t ask her. She asked me.  

I’m sad to admit that I hadn’t even considered inviting her to our Bible study. It hadn’t crossed my mind that this friend of mine might be interested in learning about the Lord.

I’m not embarrassed about my faith. I talk about my values and my beliefs easily. But I also don’t try to impose my commitment on others. I think sometimes that makes me walk too fine of a line. Because in this particular situation, I could have said more. And I didn’t.

Thank goodness she did. Thank goodness she asked if she could come with me.

When that happened, I considered going on a huge guilt trip, complete with beating myself up about the fact that I hadn’t reached out first. Then the Lord reminded me that I am just a piece -- just a small piece in the puzzle being worked out in her life. I can’t see the big picture. But God has the plans. The Holy Spirit has obviously already been at work in her heart.

God Makes Things Grow

Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 3:6-9, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building."

I’m really happy to be a planter or waterer or weeder in my friend’s spiritual journey. But I’m sure I will continue to have doubts:  Am I saying the right things? Will I know when to tell her more about Jesus? Will I push too hard? Am I being a good example of Jesus?

But if I remember that God holds us both in big hands, I will realize that if I don’t say exactly the right thing at the right moment, that there will be someone else lined up who will. Because the Lord’s purposes are stronger than any gardening skills of mine.

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