26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Today’s blog is a plea for us to live more authentic lives in Christ in 2013. I want to see us live lives that are more Godly, for sure, but I’m praying earnestly for “Real Godly.” Genuine godliness is not as easy to pull off as the fake stuff. Why? Because “Real Godly” takes time… like a seed it sprouts slowly.
Paul Tournier once wrote: “There are two kinds of gentleness, confidence, sympathy, or ferver; those which are spontaneous – they alone are efficacious; they blossom quite naturally in us when we are in ‘good form’ spiritually, and there are those which we invent when we are not, but wish to appear so. It is when we have no hope of seeing a tree break into blossom that we hang artificial flowers on it.” (The Strong and the Weak, p.128.)
Jesus taught that real growth is a process which takes time. There seems to be 3 simple (?) steps to this process: plant, wait and harvest. Are you missing any of these steps?
1) Are you doing any planting? This involves prayer, study, evangelism, etc.
2) Are you doing any waiting? Are you trusting God to produce the fruit in you or are you all about “hanging artificial flowers?”
3) Are you doing any harvesting? Planting and waiting mean nothing if the fruit then dies on the vine. Are you giving of yourself to God and others? Do you know about love, joy and peace or are you displaying love, joy and peace.
Wherever you find yourself in your spiritual walk today, ask yourself this: What kind of growth are you expecting in the Fall? Whatever your answer, you better get to planting this Spring!