Glory Seed Devotional’s 2018 Experiencing Jesus, the Prelude to Life
We are Holy Ground…
“But the one sown on the good ground—this is one who hears and understands the word, who does produce fruit and yields: some a hundred, some sixty, some thirty times what was sown.”” (Matthew 13:23, CSB)
If you are reading this you are the good ground Jesus was talking about in this parable. Anyone who has ever planted a vegetable or flower garden know in between planting and harvesting those are crucial times if your garden will have a good yield. Don’t forget during the growing season most of the nurturing work is done to the ground not the plants.
In an actual garden the ground cannot do anything by itself the gardener does all the work, but that is not the case with us we need time in the “wilderness”, personal devotional and bible study time, time with other Christians (church), and most importantly 24/7 time spent with the Holy Spirit. While all times are equally important perhaps time spent in the “wilderness” slightly edges out the other ones by the narrowest of margins yet according to Peter contain great Blessings.
“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.” (1 Peter 1:6-7, NLT)
I don’t know about you but those times of “testing” bring out my impatience which is probably my reason for being tested in the first place. My belief is, if God is going to get me through this then let Him shorten my time here. But His response is always the same, “Not by your timeline, but by My timeline.” And we all know who prevails don’t we? I am glad and Blessed because in that case I am both the loser and winner. God is the GREATEST!
David who some would say was financially challenged attends the same church we do puts in a garden every spring and in the fall at harvest time everyone in the church has plenty of tomatoes and other fresh vegetables, in addition David gives some to the food banks in the area. Out of his “financial wilderness” David shares the fruit of his harvest setting an example for the rest of us.
What’s your ground to yield story?
“Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…” **
Grace and PEACE,
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** John 14:6, CSB