Apollos Watered It…So Should Salvation Be Forced?

“We find no command in Holy Scripture for any particular order(of salvation) to be observed.”-from the Best of John Wesley on Prayer

I’d love to tell you that I came to know Christ through someone sitting next to me in school and telling me I’m a sinner and scaring me witless until I finally cave in, accept Him and then finally, I’m off to church eating thin white wafers during Communion and all is well.

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Squatting on Toilet

But no. I did not come to salvation in that manner. In fact, like a kaleidoscope, broken up in many colors but held in one piece, my salvation came by hearing the word, seeking and finally finding God in the bathroom.

I’m quite sure you’re excited to know that story but know this: there is no one way to finally have salvation. God is abundant, wise, and He is unique in all aspects.

He is unique and omniscient, however I have had pastors drill in my head that there is a method to witnessing to others and bringing them to Christ. You must first memorize the Fall(Adam and Eve’s HUGE mistake), redemption, the Gospels, and some other stuff and if you can’t memorize these protocols you may fail at salvation for yourself and someone else.

How sloppy and untrue.

But if there is a template to use to help us in understanding our role, here it is:

“What, after all is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe- as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”(1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV)

Some people come to Christ by reading a powerful, inspiring book.

Some come to Christ based off of grief or losing someone.

Some come to Christ because of a dream or a vision.

Some come to Christ based off your selfless act of love.

Some come to Christ because they watch what you do daily and consider it Holy.

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Glossy Blue Conversation

And then God makes it grow. This is not something to be forced. We are but servants. The Holy Spirit will guide us in ways to plant the seeds in others.

You may still ask: Didn’t Jesus tell us to spread the Good News?(Mark 16:15).

Even though Mark 16 is questionable because it isn’t found in any ancient texts, we can look to how Jesus interacted with people: he fed them, held a conversation, healed them, and had supper with them- this in some way supports Mark 16.

These are just my thoughts on salvation, but hopefully you have  a seed planted today which shall be watered, take root and grow in Jesus name.

 

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