6 Discipleship Lessons From Seeding a Lawn

6 Discipleship Lessons From Seeding a Lawn

Kevin Platt:

I’ve had two different types of lawns in my life.  One is a beautiful carpet of Kentucky blue grass- the other a mowed over patch of weed/grass that I was happy was just green.  Do you know how I found out the difference?  I used the same weed/feed compound on my side yard that I did my front lawn- in a few days the front grass was looking healthy but when I walked around the side yard- I realized just how many weeds had been in that weed/grass mix because half my lawn was bare!  Be careful what you are growing- just because it’s green doesn’t make it grass.  You can either watch from the beginning and deal with issues when they come up or simply assume everything is ok- and then have to do a lot of work to correct a situation.  Either way….’

I’ve never thought about discipleship this way, but I love the analogy. Growing a lawn full of green healthy grass takes time, patience, and a bit of help of the rain. Discipleship takes time, patience, and a leading of the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of the people you are investing in.

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Robby Gallaty is the Senior Pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, TN. He was radically saved out of a life of drug addiction on November 12, 2002. In 2008, he began Replicate Ministries to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples. He is also the author of Growing Up: How to Be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples (2013), Firmly Planted: How to Cultivate a Faith Rooted in Christ (2015), Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work (2015), Foundations: A 260-Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers (2015) The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi (2017), and Bearing Fruit: What Happens When God’s People Grow (2017).