6th January 2018

The Humble Sprout 

“…to show that they can be fully trusted, so that in every way they will make the teaching about God our saviour attractive.”
Titus 2:10 (NIV) 

If you compiled a list of the most popular vegetables, probably peas and carrots would be top, or near the top, and the humble sprout near the bottom. The sprout’s problem is that most restaurants and cooks boil them in water, which makes them slightly soggy and tasteless. The proper way to cook sprouts is to steam them gently and then they taste as they should, absolutely delicious.

What has that got to do with Christians and Christianity? Well, as the scripture above tells us we need to make the gospel attractive to people. It is good news, but we can ruin it by presenting it in the wrong way.

Let’s avoid talking to people about sin, about repentance, about their faults and failings compared to Christians, about them going to hell! That is making the gospel as soggy and tasteless as a badly cooked sprout.

Let’s talk instead about God’s love for them, (Romans 8:38-39 ); about God’s desire to have a personal relationship with them ( Romans 5:8); about the incredible future that lies ahead for all humanity ( 1 Corinthians 2:9); about the fact that God is coming to a new earth and will live here for eternity (Revelation 21:1-4). Let’s remember that the gospel is good news and treat as such. Then it will be as tasty and delicious as a well cooked sprout. Remember for many younger people today sin is simply not on their radar, they don’t think about death that much, and repentance is an alien concept to them. But they do care and think about relationships, about love and their quality of life.

What about sin and repentance then? Do we ignore them? Yes! First let’s build a relationship with people based on love and grace. Then have the faith and trust to let the Holy Spirit work with them and bring them to the deeper concepts of Christianity over time. Just as the humble sprout is likely to come well down in any list of favourite vegetables because it is so often badly cooked, so the gospel can be unappealing if it’s presented in an arrogant, self righteous and negative manner.

Let’s make sure we present the gospel, the good news, in a humble, well prepared, positive and attractive way when given the opportunity (1 Peter 3:15).

Prayer
Father, please give us opportunities to share the gospel
in such a way, that guided by the Holy Spirit, we share your love for all humanity in an appealing and attractive way. In Christ’s name we pray.
Amen
 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

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