A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  – 1 Corinthians 3:7

I’m the first to admit that winter is not my favorite season.  Some of my friends think it’s the bees knees, but no – not me.  I’m simply tickled to see spring peeking around the corner, although here in Kansas we had a remarkably mild winter.  I’m not complaining! 

There’s nothing like that first time in the garden in spring!  Gardening just makes one feel so close to nature and more alive somehow, doesn’t it?  This portion of Scripture is not talking about literal gardening though – it’s talking about spiritual gardening.

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Who’s doing the planting?  All of us, as God’s children, need to be scattering “seed” – that is, sharing our faith, at every given opportunity.  It seems when I hear the word WITNESSING, my knees begin to buckle – but if I’m told to share my faith – that’s really more natural and makes me more comfortable.  Just tell your story – that’s about it.  I was blind – but now I see.  That is scattering seed.  It’s not complicated – but so often we make it so.

Once seed is planted…  who waters them?  Well, God sends the right people along to do that.  It could be any of us, really.  Again, watering seed is like sowing it – you just keep sharing your faith and be there to answer questions, read Scripture, and pray with folks.  Sometimes you share and get a door slammed in your face.  That’s okay because you did what you’re supposed to do.  If someone’s not ready, you’ve still planted a seed.  I might add, this is a big reason we should do our best to avoid being a stumbling block to those who are still on the fence.  We have to be so careful – we don’t want anything we say or do to be the reason someone does not come to a saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.  I don’t have to remind you what God said about those who are stumbling blocks, do I?  No – that’s for another blog post.grow

Do we make the seeds grow?  NO WAY!  I can’t save anyone – this blog can’t save anyone.  Belief on the Lord Jesus Christ…  that can save everyone!!!  I pray it does.  How different our interactions with one another would be if we were all more kind, gracious, and sweet.  It would be so beautiful if every seed would flourish.  🙂

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SERENDIPITY DAY

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I can’t prove it, but I don’t feel as though we have many days left to share our faith.

Today is SERENDIPITY DAY!  While most people associate serendipity with a sort of luck, I view it as a blessing.  It’s so wonderful when God puts me in the path of one who needs to hear that Jesus loves them.  It would seem like coincidence, but it’s actually providential intervention by the Holy Spirit.  We have to be on the lookout for others who may need encouragement and truth.

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.  – James 3:9 & 10

I weep for the lost in general, but I weep more for the lost in the realm of my influence. There are a couple of people I would love to get saved for. Have you ever wished you could just do it for someone else? I have – many times! Unfortunately, all we can do is share in love. Plant the seed. Some of it falls on good rich soil, but as we know… some of it does not. Lately my seed has fallen on rocks and died. It makes me sad.

What can we do when that happens? Well, I know I can always pray for them! It’s amazing that as much as the world tries to stop Christianity, they can’t keep us from thinking a prayer to God. That, they will not steal from us.

Keep sharing Jesus and His good news with everyone in your path.  This is the day of grace. Invite Jesus into your heart and life while there is still time.

I can’t prove it, but I think our time is short. I think Jesus is coming back for His own… SOON!