We’ve been studying in Matthew 13–the parable of the sower. We are learning that if he expects to reap a harvest the sower needs to prepare both himself and the soil. We’ve determined that there are two ploughs needed for breaking up hard ground; the first plough is prayer, the second is love.

I often fly through the Detroit airport. Inside the terminal there are several huge televisions. Sometimes they have the shopping network (QVC) showing. Often when that station is on, there’s a guy with a beard selling things, and one of his favorite products seems to be a set of kitchen knives. I’ve watched him many times take one of the knives and cut through a bunch of carrots with little or no effort. Each time I saw this ad in the airport I’d think to myself, “Yeah, right. A knife is going to float through a bunch of carrots that easily. The demonstration must be rigged.” Then one day I was visiting a friend in Louisiana. His wife was preparing dinner and as my friend was out, I offered to help her. She handed me a knife and a bunch of carrots and asked me to chop them up. I took the knife and came down hard on the carrots. The knife went through the carrots like they were soft butter. Surprised I exclaimed, “Where’d you get these knives!?” She responded, “Oh, I got them for the QVC shopping network, you know, the ones the guy with the beard sells.” Amazed, guess what I did the next time I saw that ad in the Detroit airport?


A sales person can talk a great talk, but if we do not see the product in action, 9 out of 10 times, we are not going to buy it. Think about this, how are the people you are trying to reach SEEING Gospel?



PATRICK LAI and his family have worked in SE Asia for over 37 years. His experience in doing business with Jesus has brought him to understand the meaning of work and worship in the marketplace. He started 14 businesses in four countries, six of which are still operating. Patrick and his wife, May, mentor and coach businesspeople working where there are few or no Christians. Check out Patrick’s latest book, Workship, now available in paperback and e-book.

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