DIRT, “WORTH CONSIDERING” 1/21/17 (Across my desk today.)
“The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!…”
(Matthew 13:23, NLT) Check Your Soil
Jesus told a parable about a man who sowed seed on good ground, and it flourished, producing great crops. But some of the seed fell on rocky ground, and lacking soil and deep roots, its plants withered. Other seed fell among the thorns, and its plants were choked from growing. All the seed was the same quality; what made the difference was the soil.
You are a seed. You are full of gifts, talents, and potential. But if you plant yourself in unhealthy soil, if you hang around friends who compromise and pull you down, if you’re in an environment with limited mindsets where people tell you how you’ll never accomplish your dreams, you won’t see the growth you should. It’s not because there’s something wrong with your seed. It’s that the thorns and rocks are choking the life out of your seed—your dreams, your vision, and your character. Do your part and keep your seed in good soil.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You for the gifts and potential You put in me. Help me protect what You’ve entrusted to me by being selective about my environment. I believe that as I stay in the good soil, I am going to see increase and new levels. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
In some parables we are one thing and in others another as Jesus seeks to tell us how things really are in the Kingdom of God that we have been lovingly asked to attend. In John 12:24-26 we are a seed. In Matt. 13:33 we are dirt (like in Adam.) There have been books and books written on the subject like “Born To Reproduce.” by Dawson Trotman of the Navigators. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ_dVYTjLb0 This ministry had a great influence in my life at age 22. And I am sure that many other ministries and lives were changed to make Jesus, LORD as the Holy Scriptures were considered through the Navagators.
As you get into the teachings of Christ Jesus you will find the truth and light that you have been looking for but this story shares 4 types of soil, stony, shallow, weedy and good. With the first soil the seed is sown and stolen by the darkness of habit. With the shallow, there is a beginning life but it dies due to lack of moisture and food. And with the 3rd just too many weeds and dies and of course with the 4th, good soul, water, food and weed free it reproduces good fruit. Only one produced fruit.
So from this story of Christ Jesus we understand that there is the possibility of 4 types of potential for the Kingdom of God. One hears and does something else, One thinks about it for awhile and dies do to lack of commitment. One gets really interested but still has a great love for the weeds of this world and also dies and misses the Kingdom. So only one out of four soils causes life and produced any fruit. In the plant and animal kingdoms reproduction is primary. If when we become a Christian we don’t mature to reproducing in kind, we really don’t understand the message clearly or we still have too much love for the world. Perhaps not everyone is called into ministry. But it is the sheep who bare the lambs. It is your personal witness where ever you are that turns the light on and those who live in darkness will notice.
In the Costco food court line today, small boy up front. The Holy Spirit reminded me to make him a paper air plane out of the “Let There Be Light” tract that I have printed up. Boy was fearful of strangers as he should be. But the mother saw what I was doing and kindly took the tract glider into her care for him as he had never seen one before. So that little seed went home with that family. What next, in the Lord’s hands, HE is the LORD of the harvest. And so the 65ish guy behind me made sort of a weedy joke remark and I gave him the tract and said let me tell you a story and it was a joke about a religious failure and started to give the tract back to me but then I remembered a joke of a religious failure, there are many, as well and so told it to him telling him that I agree with him and so he thought better of it and put my “Light” tract into his back pocket. By then, up to the counter. I have no idea what happened but I know that seeds were sown and planted and in that day before the LORD in giving accountability I suspect some of these seeds will have grown up in to great big trees also bearing fruit. In faith I look forward to finding out what happened today and to all the other tracts that I have been planting for my LORD over the years.
Sure I have to dethrone fear, all kinds of fear. Is it right to be intrusive? Was Jesus intrusive, were the apostles intrusive….A BIG YES. Could any thing keep them quiet from freely giving away the Gift of Life, NO! If you found a place where they were giving away diamonds, one per person? How many people would you try to persuade to go and get one? The Truth that we know as a Christian is the how to of Eternal Life. What kind of a value can you place on Eternal Life? And sure some will not believe but so what, does that change the TRUTH or the value.
I know that this scripture was written to Ezekiel in 3:17 but then it could easily apply to us as well:
17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. 18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
Yours in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy, Ken<>< www.Trinity-Aloha.org
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