Tuesday, August 7, 2012

What's Important

August 07, 2012  **Tuesday. Starbucks. 11:06am**

1 Corinthians 3:7-9

It's not important who does the planting, or who does the watering.  What's important is that God makes the seed grow.  The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose.  And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.  For we are both God's workers.  And you are God's field.  You are God's building.

The bible has told this story about the seed, the field, the workers, the watering, planting, the whole process of gardening of people many times.  If you look at agriculture itself, there are so many steps that take place in the growth of a plant.   Just like people tho, there are millions of millions types of plants, methods of growth, but not very many farmers.  This process of gardening is how the bible talks about in the story of unreached believers.  See, they are believers--people are just unreached.  God instilled himself in others from the very beginning.  He created us that way.  Why do you think so many people long for, look for, and search the world for something they do not know what they are longing, looking, or searching for?  The field is just filled with lost individuals who has a part of God in them, they just don't know what that is.  We, as followers of Christ, it is our duty to first learn the way of the farmer, experience the work of the farmer, and ultimately--LIVE the way of the farmer.  The gospel also mentions the life/career of the fisherman to be similar.  We are to be farmers and fishers of men.

In Mark 2:3-5, the story says, "four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.  They couldn't bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head.  Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus.  Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "My child, your sins are forgiven." {emphasis mine}.  I want to apply both scriptures in my life by living the way of the farmer/fisherman and those who helped the paralyzed man down to Jesus.  You see, sometimes we are only in someone's life for a few minutes.  Those few minutes can matter dramatically in an unreached believer's life.  Aaron Nunez, my professor says, "You matter for Eternity".  In the few long minutes it took the guys to dig a hole in the roof and lower the guy down mattered because the paralyzed man not only received forgiveness of sins, he was also healed!!!  I emphasized "seeing their faith" because it wasn't the faith of the paralyzed man that Jesus noticed, but the four dudes....  We can have faith for the unreached that can bring others to healing and salvation!  I don't know about you, but that is pretty bad ass!!!

Lord, I hope that my faith in you, my hope in you, my belief in you is great enough that others are not only healed but receive forgiveness of sins!  You always find ways to trip me out and I am constantly blown away by your goodness and faithfulness.  I love that.  Thanks for being God.  You are a pretty cool dude.  ;p

What's important is God.  God is the one who grows the seed.  God is the one who heals.  God is the one who saves.  What is important is God, NOT ME.

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