No matter the size of the yard, sprinkler systems are essential in Texas. Otherwise, you would spend every evening with a garden hose trying to keep your yard alive.
When my wife and I moved into our first home, limited funds required us to put the sprinkler system in ourselves. Although raised on a farm, this was new territory for me. Thankfully, an experienced friend said, “Look, I’ll lay out the whole thing for you and get you started.” He did just that and then said, “Now I’ve started the task. It’s up to you to finish it.”
Ever think that is what the Lord said to us? “I’ve started the task, now it’s up to you to finish it.” Think about the last thing Christ ever said to His disciples:
“You shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
A witness is someone who tells what he knows. Witnesses are people—ones just like you and me who have a powerful story to tell.
Why is it essential to have witnesses? The task is unfinished. Jesus has finished the work of the gospel (John 19:30). But sharing that Good News is not finished until He returns. That is something He left for you and me to do. He is in heaven; we are on earth. Unless we tell them, they will never find out what He did for them.
The following fable illustrates God’s plan: When Jesus ascended to heaven after His mission on earth, the angels asked, “Did You accomplish Your task?” The Lord answered, “Yes, it is all finished. I paid for the sins of the world.” The angels asked, “Has the whole world heard of you?” Christ responded, “No, not yet.” They wondered, “What is your plan?”
Jesus explained, “I left twelve men and some other followers to carry the message to the whole world.” The angels then asked, “If that doesn’t work, what is Plan B?” Jesus responded, “There is no Plan B.”
That’s right! There is no plan B. You and I are part of Plan A. God is depending on us to spread the ten words of the Gospel—Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead—to everyone, everywhere. All need to hear: your neighbor, co-worker, relative, bank personnel, doctor, mechanic, carpenter, nurse, college roommate, friend at the supermarket, and parking attendant. It’s all about people reaching people!
Will you say to God, “Yes, Jesus you started the task. I will be part of your plan to finish it. Use me today to tell someone about you.”
(Note: This article originally appeared in EvanTell's Spring 2018 issue of Toolbox. View our Toolbox archives!)