The Seed that Becomes the Harvest 3
1 Corinthians 15:36-37 (CEV)
36 Don’t be foolish. A seed must die before it can sprout from the ground.
37 Wheat seeds and all other seeds look different from the sprouts that come up.
Each blog within this series we have been exploring the power of the seed. Why is the seed so important, and why did God use it (the word and the picture) so often in Scripture?
As stated before, seed reveals to us a Kingdom technology that God uses to teach us transformation. In our series contact point, Paul (1 Corinthians15:36-37) states that the seed must die before transformation is possible.
A seed carries within itself hidden potential. That potential can not be unlocked until the seed dies. Death sounds horrible in the natural sense, but in the spiritual sense dying means dying to self. Our last journal entry showed us an example of selflessness. Paul stated his accomplishments were nothing compared to understanding God’s process of suffering and resurrection (Phillipians 3:4-11). Jesus would have never become our salvation, if He would have been selfish instead of dying. (See last journal entry)
Self denial is the key that unlocks the process of transformation.
Today Our Devotional study focus is ENVIRONMENT:
In order to transform the environment must be conducive for that process. A seed has no hope in the wrong environment. What is the purpose of Environment?
In the natural sense environment entails soil, sunlight, temperature, and moisture.
All of these play important Roles in the success of the seed’s transformation.
In the spiritual sense environment assists in the process of dying which leads to maturity and transformation.
Environment in this case represents PLACEMENT. A lot of us need to check our surroundings. Is this church, ministry, house, helping me mature and transform, or am I lacking the necessary environment to grow? Am I surrounding myself with those that can pour into my process, and revealing to me more of what I need to grow? God did not die for us to stay seeds…..He died so that we could follow His template: go into the ground as a seed, and come out a harvest.
Am I being fed by the Word? Am I being watered….am I getting the right amount of exposure to the Presence of God? Am I becoming ROOTED? ENVIRONMENT IS EVERYTHING!
Collossians 1:24 (CEV) I am glad that I can suffer for you. I am pleased also that in my own body I can continue the suffering of Christ for his body, the church.
25 God’s plan was to make me a servant of his church and to send me to preach his complete message to you.
26 For ages and ages this message was kept secret from everyone, but now it has been explained to God’s people.
27 God did this because he wanted you Gentiles to understand his wonderful and glorious mystery. And the mystery is that Christ lives in you, and he is your hope of sharing in God’s glory.
28 We announce the message about Christ, and we use all our wisdom to warn and teach everyone, so that all of Christ’s followers will grow and become mature.
29 That’s why I work so hard and use the mighty power he gives me.
Thank you for Your investment in us! You have ordained our existence from the foundation of the world! Established our Purpose before we even existed! Thank You for Your plans for us!
We ask that You will gives us a desire to be in the right environment. Around the right exposure, in the right place so that we can be nurtured, groomed, and prepared for the harvest!! We are not content with just being stagnant and immature, but we want to grow into HEALTHY FRUIT BEARING Christians. Give us this passion for growth, for humility and obedience! Help us to seek out the environment that will grow us and make us ready for Your usage!
In Jesus Name, Amen
-Min. A. Ward
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