Planting Seeds for the Gospel

Planting Seeds for the Gospel
Ridge's Story | Salt Company

March 16, 2023 | Citylight Fort Collins | Stories
Back in September, Brayden (a resident in our Salt Company) was in a CSU dining hall. The day wasn't unique or special, and our Salt staff regularly spend time in the common spaces on campus to be in proximity to students. Brayden had on a Salt Company t-shirt that said, "All Glory be to Christ" and unexpectedly he got a tap on his shoulder from a stranger. The student simply said, "Hey man, I like your shirt." Brayden thanked him and then the student quickly went on his way.

But before the student could get too far, Brayden was prompted by The Holy Spirit to chase him down. They stuck up a short conversation, Brayden got his number, and he invited the student to come to our Salt Company weekly gathering on Tuesdays. However, the student never responded to Brayden texts and four months passed without seeing him on a Tuesday. It seemed like nothing would come from that tiny seed being planted.

Flash forward to a little over a month ago. It was a Tuesday night and our Salt gathering had just ended. The student from the dinning hall (who we learned was named Ridge) walked straight up to Brayden. Brayden didn't remember him, but Ridge reminded him of when they met in September at the dining hall. Ridge shared that he was a Christian, but that it wasn't until recently that he realized how much sin he was struggling with and how desperately he needed Christian community to walk alongside him. He said to Brayden, "God reminded me of you chasing me down in the dining hall, and He told me that I needed to come to Salt tonight, so here I am."

Brayden knew this was a holy moment and he was cut to the heart. The Lord reminded Brayden that the seeds we sow can sprout at any time - only God gives the growth! Ordinary, mundane moments of faithfulness can be used by God in mighty ways. Jesus said, "the harvest is plentiful" and we never know how God is at work all around us.

About a week after, Brayden met up with Ridge and was blown away when he heard his story. Ridge got saved hearing the gospel on social media two years ago! God is so faithful at pursuing sinners in every way and at all costs. Ridge is now plugged into our Salt Company and for the first time, is growing in his relationship with Jesus within a gospel community.

1 Corinthians 3:6-7
"I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth."

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