I have recently been looking again at the parable of the sower and have been reminded that as we are obedient and plant seed, quite a lot of it will unfortunately fall on soil that is not suitable for its long-term growth and fruitfulness.
When I look at the journeys of our CAP clients over the last three years, it’s interesting to see that their responses are broadly in line with that of the parable of the sower.
Some people call to make an appointment and then cancel it straight away – Matthew 13:19.
Some people are at first grateful to see us and we help them, but after the first few appointments they disappear and we never hear of them again – Matthew 13:20-21.
For some people the cares and worries of life prevent them from completing the journey – Matthew 13:22.
I’m happy to say, though, that many clients do work diligently with us and we can see much fruit in their lives – Matthew 13:23.
I think we can take encouragement from knowing that even some of the seed Jesus planted fell on stony ground or amongst the thorns. From reading the Gospels we know that in some towns there was unbelief (Mark 6:6), there was rejection, and for some individuals their wealth was more important than selling up and following Jesus (Matthew 19:16-22).
A Journey of Three Years…
Over the past three years, it has been a privilege to help people who have been struggling financially for so long. It has been such a joy to see so many clients complete the journey to become debt-free, and to see such a positive transformation in their situations and their lives.
However, there are still many people on the journey, and many people waiting for their first visit.
When we first set up the CAP centre in April 2011 I wrote an article about debt being like an elephant in the room. It’s there, we know it’s there, we are reminded every day that it is there, but we choose to ignore it.
Somehow we hope that the debt, along with the elephant, will magically disappear if we ignore it for long enough. Unfortunately debt doesn’t just disappear and it will still be there when we eventually take our head out of the sand.
It takes courage and determination to face debt head-on and deal with it.
It took a massive amount of courage for Jesus to deal with our sin head-on so that we might be forgiven and in a restored relationship with the Father.
Just as Jesus made a way back to the Father, I want to encourage you this Easter that there is a way out if you are struggling with your finances.
It might not seem like there is a way out, but there is, and sometimes we all need a helping hand to guide the way and help us get things in our lives sorted out.
If you need help then ring for an appointment on 0800 328 0006, or come along to the CAP drop-in centre every Thursday between 12:30pm and 2:30pm at Holland Road Baptist Church.