SEED TIME AND HARVEST
God's kingdom works in a specific way. It has rules and regulations and if you follow these you will get certain results. Most Christians just read a daily devotional and say a little prayer and wait to see how things turn out and whatever happens they think is God's will. You will never know the will of our Father if you don't spend serious time in the Word. His Word is His will. It behooves us to read and study the Word until we are mature in our understanding of Jesus the Word.
In Mark chapter 4 we have the parable of the sower. This parable is the basis of understanding all the parables. Mark 4:13. Please read all of Mark 4. God's word is to be sown into our hearts. You will notice there are four different soils. Our heart is the soil that the Word is sown into. Depending on the condition of our heart (soil) we will have a good crop, a poor crop, a weedy crop or no crop at all, much like the farmer who plants a field of corn. In Jesus time over 90% of the people grew their own food so they knew about the example He was using. They understood good soil, bad soil, prepared soil and unprepared soil. If our farmers here in America didn't prepare their soil to receive the seed any better than we prepare our heart to receive the Word, we would have very little food in our supermarkets. If you think I come down too hard on Christians, just remember I am coming down on myself also. Because of my love for the church and the Christian community, I try not to pull any punches. We are living so far below where God our Father wants us to live it is a shame and a slap in the face of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are like the homeless man living under a bridge not knowing his rich uncle has died leaving him a million dollars. If we will sow the Word in our heart as the Bible tells us we can have a good marriage, a healthy body, finances to supply our need and most important win our neighbor to the Lord. Let's see what the Bible tells us about this subject.
Proverbs 4:20-23 says “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” If we will keep The Word in the midst of our heart it will give us life and health. One translation says “above all else, guard your heart” NLT. In other words, the most important thing in this life is to guard your heart. Watch what you put in it. Philippians chapter 4 says to think on these things; the things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and whatever things are of a good report. We should not allow anything that doesn't meet this criteria come into our heart. Things come into our heart by thinking on them.
We have two things to do for our heart; don’t let trash into it and put the good Word of God in it. If we will plant the Word in our heart just as a farmer plants his corn or wheat seed in his well-prepared ground we will reap a harvest from Almighty God. We will bear fruit some thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred. If God is real (and he is), if the Bible is true (and it is), if He has given us thousands of promises (and He has), shouldn't we make every effort to learn about these wonderful things and invite them into our house.
Why do we have to be so careful to guard our heart? Why do we have to meditate on the Word day and night? See Psalms 1:2 and Joshua 1:8. The reason is that we live in a fallen world. God warned Adam not to do it or he would surely die, but he did and the world has operated under the curse of death ever since. Genesis 2:17. The reason we have killer storms, disease, hatred, and such a hard time making a living is because of the death that Adam brought upon the human race. Because we live in a fallen world, we are subject to the results of the fall all day every day. From the time we are born until we close our eyes in death we are constantly bombarded with satans message that is designed to cause us to not believe the Word. We are told there is no God and if we don't believe that, we are told He (God) sends killer storms, diseases and all kind of problems to try to teach us something. We are told this from every source, T.V., internet, books, magazines, at work, at school, and even from our broke brother in law at Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, we are often told this even in our churches. The answer is to make a decision to only listen and receive the things of God into your heart. But Wayne we can't stop the negative things coming our way, remember we LIVE in a fallen world. Yes that is true, but we can train ourselves to reject the lies and only allow certain things into our heart. See Philippians 4:8.
So let's plant the seed (The Word) into our hearts. Let's make sure our soil (our heart) is well prepared to receive the Word. You can do it! God will never ask us to do anything that we can't do or that won't benefit us. Our goal is total, absolute; trust in God and His Word.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word be with you.
See: Proverbs 23:7, Luke 6:45, Romans 10:10, Romans 8:6, Matthew 12:34