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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Being a Sower"

Date published: 12/09/2018

Psalm 126:6 “He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.” (NIV)

 

   You enter relationships and life circumstances primarily from one of three positions: 1) You are doing well.  2 ) You have opportunity to do better. 3) You are struggling.  As a Christian you should approach all three through Christ.  Vibrant Christians live life with both feet firmly planted in the kingdom of God.  Your trust in God, dependence on God, and empowerment from God is not reliant on circumstances, but upon your Creator and Sustainer – God, Himself.  Whether you are greatly endowed or struggling in need, you must walk by faith seeking God’s empowerment and filling.  Whether your plate is full or you have no idea where your next meal is coming from, you must sow into God by trusting Him with your every step.

 

   God wants Christians in all three positions to live life by first seeking God’s kingdom and righteousness that is proclaimed in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (NIV)  Sowing into God in every circumstance requires a mindset that entrusts God for the opportunities to be used by Him.  What does God’s kingdom call for when you enter into a room of people: 1) That does not know Jesus as Lord and Savior 2) That needs help (discipleship) in his/her walk with Christ 3) That needs encouragement or 4) That needs a helping hand?  Psalm 126:6 says that entering the room “carrying seed to sow” will reap the greatest results for the kingdom of God – “he…will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”  

 

   Jesus modeled this way of living well.  Jesus’ lens of life was focused on how He could give, not what He could take.  Jesus proclaimed in Luke 5:32, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (NIV)  In real life the world often offers greater immediate physical rewards and pleasures.  Though Jesus lived with the constant pressure to be rich, powerful, and to rule, He always put the kingdom of God first, and the things of this world second.  In Jesus’ last opportunity for freedom, He responded to Pilate’s offer for freedom in John 18:36, “My kingdom is not of this world.” (NIV)  Jesus could have chosen the world and played to Pilate, but instead Jesus sowed seed, trusting God, knowing that real life is found only in the kingdom of God.  Jesus lived life with the firm belief that His kingdom was above and not here on this earth.  Each day on this earth Jesus sowed seed for the Kingdom of God rather than His personal comfort, prestige, and gain.  Jesus’ focus was on the redemption and salvation of all who would believe and make Him Lord.  Contemplate how you can apply this truth as you read Paul’s response to fellow Christians when they learned he was going to place himself in the center of harm’s way:

 

Acts 21:12-14 “The people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, ‘Why are you weeping and breaking my heart?  I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.’” (NIV)

 

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