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12:24 PM   [23 Mar 2015 | Monday]

Dying to Live

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds. ďAnd it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12 we each have different kinds of seed to sow. we are as varied as snowflakes. Each one of us is Vital to Godís the tilling, sowing, and care for the seeds of Godís kingdom. We are only one of the 250,000 plus, of the types of plants and seed in Godís kingdom. Have you ever considered what type of plant you may be? What type of seed you bear? You may not even know the name of it, there are so many. But the point is, if we do not bear seed (whatever type we are) that plant will become extinct, as many of the plants in the Rain forest have. In the spiritual sense the outcome is worse because we are not propagating Godís garden. We are vital to His kingdom. We will one day face Him and He will ask: Why did you not keep the fields I gave you? Why did you not increase their yield by plowing, sowing and nurturing the seed I gave you in order to increase my Kingdom. Why did you hide your (Godís) seed and keep it to yourself instead? A plant has to produce seed to continue its (Godís) legacy; the plant produces its offspring in the way of a seed. Seeds can remain dormant for different periods of time yet they are still able to germinate under proper conditions: when conditions were favorable for growth. The Bible mentions weeds, thistle and thorns. Thistles, though harmful, disguise themselves with beautiful flowers and medicinal attributes, in some cases as a delicious food. Satan disguises himself in a similar manner to deceive as does the thistle. God illustrates to us as farmers, to our allotted fields why we are to keep the weeds away the germinating seeds he has given us to tend for His kingdom. Luke 8:14, Says, The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear but as they go on their way they are choked by lifeís worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. A thistleís root goes down as deep as the plant is tall, or longer. It spreads itself vigorously and quickly. First a low lying plant, spreading its bottom leaves flat on the ground and deepening its root system. Then grows to produce walls up to 5 feet high with prickly thorns and broad leaves which cling to the ground making it difficult for any other seed to germinate. It absorbs water, through a stem that becomes up to 2 inches thick in larger plants. The stem becomes woody on the outside and the inside is hollow like a pipe. The thistle kills, it sucks the water and the nutrients from the field and kills the seed planted. We may never see the germination of the seed or it come to fruition. Germination of a seed can take just days for some seeds and years for others. The seed must break open and die before it grows. When seeds are given the right environment, which includes the right amount of water, oxygen and temperatures; the seed will germinate. The seed absorbs water; the water softens the seed coat and causes a chemical (spiritual) change inside the seed. Once the seed falls into fertile ground, the outer shell begins to open as it dies; and inside the dead shell, new life awaits. Then, in the right conditions, the new growth will begin to emerge. Once the seed coat breaks, the seed begins to germinate by growing down into the soil and developing a primary root. Then, more roots develop to anchor the seed, absorb minerals, and send water to the seedling, which in turn, enables it to grow, growing down into the soil and developing a primary root. Inside the Seed is New Life: John 12:24 unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.Ē Jesus speaks of the life produced through his own death by using the analogy of a kernel of wheat. Unless a kernel of wheat (a seed) is buried in the ground and dies, it will not grow into wheat and produce more seed. Once given the right environment, which includes the right amount of water, oxygen and temperatures, germination will take place. Once a person sows seed in their personal life, and the seed has germinated and grown into a plant healthy seeds from our plant will begin to be sown at the right time and right place (on fertile soil). The new plants will germinate and continue to grow as the farmer tends to it. It will produce fruit in its time and continually produce fruit until the harvest is ready. 1 Corinthians 15:36-39 ďThou fool that which you sow is not made alive, except it die: and that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bear grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain. But God gives it a body as it has pleased Him, and to every seed his own body." 1 Corinthians 15:31, ďI die daily." As the seed, we must die daily to our sins. Though we may not want to admit it, we sin daily. As God shows us our sin, we ask forgiveness and vow to work at changing our ways, this may happen many times a day. When ask forgiveness and vow to change we are dying to that sin so another pearl of Godís word may flourish in us and replace it. God only points out our sin because He loves us. Similar to the life of a seed; we also laid aside or ďput to deathĒ the bad habits and practices we knew of: that hindered us in our life at our Salvation. We died that Jesus may live in us through His Holy Spirit. In Philippians 2:12 Paul says: "Work out Your Own Salvation" The Apostle Paul had worked out his own salvation earlier in his life. He came to a point when he had to make a decision. Was he going to do what he now knew was right or was he going to continue to follow teaching that he had received earlier in life that he now knew was wrong. Was he going to admit before God and the world that he had made mistakes? He did not arrive at this point totally unaided. The incident on the road to Damascus got his attention and Ananias taught him what he needed to do (Acts 9, 22, 26). But he had to make the tough decisions - no one else could do that for him! An example for us to follow. The Bible says in the book of Romans, "How shall they (unsaved) believe except they hear, and how shall they hear except someone tell them the gospel?" But there is one thing that is more important than what you say, and thatís what you do. As in many other things in life, for the spread of the gospel, actions speak louder than words.
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