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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

PLANT YOUR SEEDS WISELY

Galatians 6:7-8 New Living Translation
“Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.”
         There is a natural law at play here.  An agricultural principle that is factual and true. What farmer who planted corn would ever expect pumpkins to grow? Whatever seeds you plant will yield a harvest of the same once it is fully-grown. The Apostle Paul brings this illustration into his letter more than likely because farming would be a subject many, if not all of the brethren would be familiar with.  That tells me his readers knew exactly what Paul of trying to say.
         God knows all things. He even knows what we are thinking and what we will say and do prior to our saying or doing it. To not be able to do so would characterize a flaw in his abilities and render him less than who he claims to be. Therefore, we must choose very wisely that which we plant in our life.  The Lord sees thru all our disguises as we attempt to satisfy our flesh. We deceive ourselves if we think we can do as we please without repercussions.  We are to be judged not by our beliefs, but by what we do with those beliefs. Did they lie dormant, as we played church?
         Hypocrisy in the church is evident to both God and man. We mustn’t say one thing and do another. That is not the Christ way.  If we are to emulate Christ in our daily lives then we will plant seeds that please God and do not mock him.  There’s nothing more important in this life for the believer than to choose which seeds we will plant. Our desires are inconsequential, not totally meaningless, but less important than the godly desires that reside in our heart.  You will never be shortchanged following God.  Live for him with all your being, knowing that anything less doesn’t take full advantage of God’s grace. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
The Resources: Asbury Bible Commentary; Matthew Henry Commentary of the Bible; The IVP New Testament Commentary Series & The Life Application Study Bible.

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