Earlier this week, I had a great conversation with a bus driver. I was on the MetroWay bus from our house into Crystal City and struck up a conversation with the driver about the weather and how I almost froze at the bus stop. Ultimately, he asked me what I did for a living and I told him I was the pastor of a church in Crystal City. His reply? “Are you the chapstick people?” I almost fell out of my seat!!
Here’s the backstory. The week before Restoration City launched in October, we spent one evening at the Crystal City and Pentagon City Metro stations handing out chapstick and invitations to come to our first gathering. This guy got one, has been thinking about us ever since and is still thinking about his chapstick three months later! By the way, I’m not sure if he’s going to come to Restoration City any time soon or not. He didn’t seem to hate the idea but he also didn’t make any promises. So, this is not leading to some great, “and we’re baptizing him on Sunday!!” moment.
Here’s where it is leading: we never know the way God is going to use the little seeds we plant. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 Paul is writing about his ministry and the way he partnered with another Christian named Apollos when he writes this, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” Don’t miss the big picture: God is the One who builds His church, calls people to faith and changes lives. Sometimes he works through a number of different people along the way. Sometimes He even gets the process started with some chapstick. Growth belongs to God but you and I have a role to play in His work. We’re the seed planters. We’re the ones who are here to open our mouths and let people know there is a God who loves them, forgives them and calls them to a whole new life.
Simple question for the day: Where are you planting? Are you scattering any seed for someone else to water? What are you asking God to grow? Our city is in tremendous need of hope and you and I have the answer!! People need Jesus. How could you leverage your life today to reach out to someone, have a conversation and see what God will do with it? You never know what He will do with it. Rise up, Chapstick People!