Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Plant the Seed!

Years ago archaeologists discovered some wheat inside of a pyramid. The seeds laid dormant inside the Egyptian tomb for between 3,000 and 4,000 years. They wondered if the wheat would still grow, so they decided to plant them. And to their amazement, the seeds sprouted! The life within the seed remained inactive for thousands of years, but once it was planted in the ground it was able to release its power and produce even more seeds.

The Bible frequently talks about the principles of sowing and reaping. The Apostle Paul said, "He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall reap bountifully" (2 Cor. 9:6). He told the Galatians, "Whatever a man sows, this he will also reap" (Gal. 6:9). Paul isn't really talking about farming, but he's speaking metaphorically. Everyone has seeds, but unless you plant them you will never enjoy reaping the harvest.

The "seeds" are all the resources God has given you that need to be shared with others--all your abilities, all your money and possessions, all the things you intend to do, your words and actions toward others, and the good news of salvation. If you keep these things to yourself, these "seeds" will lay dormant and non-productive, just like the seeds laying inside the pyramid.

You must make a decision to plant the seed. When you use your abilities to serve God and others, you've just planted a seed. When you give your money as an offering, you've planted seeds in God's kingdom. When you turn intentions into actions, you're planting seeds. When you show kindness to those who are rude to you, you're planting seeds. And when you share God's plan of salvation with others, you're planting seeds in people's hearts that could change their eternal destiny.
I'll share more principles about sowing and reaping in the next devotional.
Kent

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Brokenness

"A broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise" (Psalm 51:17). For years whenever I read that verse, I pictured in my mind a pot that had been broken into little pieces. It didn't make much sense to me. Then it dawned on me that a cracked pot wasn't the right idea at all. Instead, brokenness is like a cowboy breaking a horse.

When a horse isn't broken, it tries to throw the rider off. But when it reaches the place of brokenness, the horse surrenders to the cowboy and quits fighting against him. It's only then that the horse can be guided wherever the rider wishes to lead it.

In the same way, when we quit fighting against God and surrender to Him, we can be guided wherever the Lord wants to lead us. Willing to be led by God makes a lot more sense than being a crackpot!
Have you come to the place of brokenness?
Kent