ALOHA FAMILY AND FRIENDS, Beloved of God, John 3:16, 12:24-26, 17:20-26
“SEEDS”…. “WORTH CONSIDERING” OUT OF THE BALLPARK IN IMPORTANCE
“And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.” (2 Timothy 2:6,
The Seed Must Lead
In farming, the seed always precedes the harvest—and that’s true in our lives as well. In other words, if you want to reap happiness, then you have to sow seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially. If you want to reap friendships, you have to be a good friend first. Sowing seed is not just a one-time effort, it’s an important part of everyday life. Instead of focusing on your need, worrying about how it’s going to work out and living frustrated, look for ways you can sow a seed. Be more seed-oriented than need-oriented. Can you give an encouraging word to someone who’s down? Is there someone you can pray for? Are you investing quality time with your loved ones? If you’ll dare to sow a seed in your time of need, God will do more than you can ask or think!
A Prayer for Today
“God, thank You that I have the good seed of Your Word and Your love within me. Help me to sow these blessings generously in the lives of others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
When I became a Christian back in 1955, I was challenged by Bob Newkurk of the Navigator’s to find a life verse that would be a vision quest for me for my life. I finally found one that popped up off the page: John 12:24-26 where Christ Jesus instructs his followers, that to enter in to HIS coming kingdom that their seed would need to be planted. That if they sought to save their lives they would loose them, but if they gave them to HIM for what HE wanted to do they could keep them throughout eternity and that the Heavenly Father would honor them.
John 12:24-26 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) “WORDS OF CHRIST JESUS, THE LORD.”
24 I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.
25 Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever.]
26 If anyone serves Me, he must continue to follow Me [[a]to cleave steadfastly to Me, conform wholly to My example in living and, if need be, in dying] and wherever I am, there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.
Living this out is a little more difficult than I originally thought at the time. Dying to self is not so easy. So glad I can also be forgiven upon repentance. These verses teach us to be converted to being like Jesus like John writes in 1 John 4:17, “…because as he is, so are we in this world.” So I have attached some one’s inventory so as to help us to know what it would mean to be like Jesus Christ. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT TEACHING OF CHRIST JESUS. It means we need to learn to plant the the kind of crops that we want to harvest and to be interested in what HE was interested in. Seems HIS primary concern was to see souls saved from hell, is it ours? I give this teaching from Joel, 4 stars.
So make yourself a report card and check it out at the end of each day with a self grade, if you are serious about being a slave of Christ Jesus which is what the word, Christian, REALLY means.
It is a beautiful day here in Kealia today about 67 this morning with snow up on the mountains for sure. Blue clear sky with humidity about 58 %. A rather cool night down to 62 degrees and up to about 75 today. At our mini farm, True Vine, we have completed the common area kitchen and bath. And we are beginning to build a little barn 18′ x 24′ with a couple of attic rooms upstairs for pilgrims who head in our direction. We have our first guests coming in June, old friends, came to the LORD here in Kona and Married them. Be nice to have fellowship with them, they now have a 9 yr. old son… So hauling in mulch for the gardens and still moving a few rocks. Cement floor is in for the barn so walls going up tomorrow. Nice to be 86 and retired, but be in prayer for me for my feet and a sore on my butt for sitting so much of the time. Rest of me in rather good shape for my age. Hope to hang out until the Rapture. Want to know more about the Rapture, let me know? Love in Christ Jesus, Ken<><