Seeds of spiritual life

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Nov 252017
 

In Genesis 1:29, the Lord told Adam and Eve:
“I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.”

He also told them to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28).

But that principle of fruit carrying the seeds of the next generation goes beyond just physical reproducing.

Jesus said to His followers:
“I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last” (John 15:16).

And certainly that fruit includes people who will come to Jesus because of you.
They are fruit that your life is supposed to be producing.

How are you doing?

The moment you gave your heart to Jesus Christ-
God made you fruit with seeds!
– with the capability and the purpose of making some more like you!

Apples generate apples.
Oranges generate oranges.
Followers of Jesus generate other followers of Jesus.

But research shows that-
– only an estimated ten percent of believers ever tell someone about their relationship with Jesus Christ, which means nine out of ten believers are missing their destiny.

They have the seeds of life to plant in another heart.
But they’re doing nothing with those seeds.
And people around us go on dying without Christ, and without any hope of heaven!

Isn’t it time you start bearing some fruit-
– like people who will be in heaven because you helped them know how?

And God’s plan is that we reproduce our own kind.
-that moms introduce other moms to Jesus,
-that students introduce other students to Jesus,
-teachers point teachers to Christ,
-businesspeople reach other businesspeople.

He’s placed you where you are so you can take people like you to heaven with you!
How are you doing with your divine assignment?

There are seeds of spiritual life that God planted in you the day you met Jesus.
He’s counting on you to plant those seeds in the people like you.

In fact-
– their eternity depends on it!

(PA)

Make up your mind!

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Oct 122017
 

“Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this matter” (1 Peter 4:16).

Perhaps the greatest secret of the saints of old was-
– their ability to praise God amid the afflictions of life.

Saint Francis de Sales-
– once wrote to a friend who was undergoing stresses at home, saying:

“The many troubles in your household will tend to your edification, if you strive to bear them all in gentleness, patience, and kindness. Keep this ever before you, and remember constantly that God’s loving eyes are upon you amid all these little worries and vexations, watching whether you take them as He would desire. Offer up all such occasions to Him; and if sometimes you are put out and give way to impatience, do not be discouraged, but make haste to regain your lost composure.”

Do you have an area of frustration, fear, fretting, or a failure?
Don’t be ashamed about it, but glorify God in the midst of it.
And let Him use it for the edification of your soul.

You had better make up your mind to accept what you cannot alter.
You can live a beautiful life in the midst of your present circumstances.

(PA)

Cease craving!

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Sep 152017
 

“He that believeth in Me . . out of him shall flow…” (John 7:38).

Jesus did not say:

“he that believeth in Me shall realize the blessing of the fulness of God.”

But-

“he that believeth in Me out of him shall flow everything he receives.”

Our Lord’s teaching is always anti -self-realization.

His purpose is not the development of a man!

His purpose is to make a man exactly like Himself.

And the characteristic of the Son of God is self-expenditure!

If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain, but what He pours through us that counts.

It is not that God makes us beautifully rounded grapes, but that He squeezes the sweetness out of us.

We cannot measure our life by success.

But only by what God pours through us, and we cannot measure that at all.

When Mary of Bethany broke the box of precious ointment and poured it on Jesus’ head, it was an act for which no one else saw any occasion.

The disciples said it was a waste.

But Jesus commended Mary for her extravagant act of devotion, and said that wherever His gospel was preached “this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”

Our Lord is carried beyond Himself with joy when He sees any of us doing what Mary did, not being set on this or that economy, but being abandoned to Him.

God spilt the life of His Son that the world might be saved.

Are we prepared to spill out our lives for Him?

“He that believeth in Me out of him shall flow rivers of living water.”

Hundreds of other lives will be continually refreshed.

It is time now to break the life-

– to cease craving for self-satisfaction,

– and to start growing in self-sacrifice!

Our Lord is asking who of us will do it for Him?

(PA)

Stay salty!

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Sep 022017
 

Young woman reading bible by stream in summer

Expiration dates are printed on just about everything nowadays,

– even on soda pop cans.

One place you will not find an expiration date, however, is on-

Salt.

Ever hear anyone say:

“This salt tastes old. It must not be very fresh”?

Probably not.

Salt never goes stale.

Jesus said:

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out” (Luke 14:34-35).

If there is no such thing as fresh or stale salt-

– how could Jesus say this?

There are two ways-

– salt can lose its saltiness.

One is-

– by dilution!

The other-

– by pollution!!

Put some salt in a glass and add water.

Stir, taste, and then add more water.

The more you dilute the salt, the less you will taste it.

Soon it has no value as salt.

Or, take some salt and add to it other things.

Continue to mix in things, polluting the salt, and eventually you will not notice the salt.

Its saltiness is lost to the pollution.

Followers of Jesus are to be the “salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:13).

But our saltiness can be lost the same way.

Our testimony can be so watered down that-

– by dilution it loses its saltiness,

Or so much other stuff can come into our lives

– that our testimony is lost due to pollution.

Stay salty!

That is what Jesus wants.

Do not let into your life things that will dilute or pollute.

(PA)

Aug 072017
 

We always like to get something back from our investments!

Money we put in the stock market is done so with the hope of gain.

A gift sent to a client is given with the hope of gaining more business.

Even a favour for a friend might be done with an eye on a future time when the favour will be returned.

The unspoken agenda is-

“What’s in it for me?”

In the margin of my Bible next to verse 14 is written:

– “disinterested goodness!”

This verse exhorts us to invest with no hope of return-

– to do good without an eye on the immediate future!

Jesus tells us to show hospitality to those who cannot return the favour-

– an act of goodness but a disinterested one!

It is “disinterested” in the sense that it is not a good deed deposited with hopes of gaining something in return, like interest.

Is it really hospitality-

– when we invite someone to our home in hopes of what we might gain from the time?

But it will not meet the standard of what Jesus set before us.

He instructs us to reach out to the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.v. 13.

God will reward us in eternity!

Until then-

We should do unto others not because of what they may be able to do unto us but simply because we should!

Think of something you can do today-

– for someone who cannot repay–and do it!

(PA)