Recently, during our STEPPING UP Bible study, Beth Moore told us a very sad story. While she was in Angola doing relief work, she saw too many little boys and girls so bloated that she wondered how their little legs held them up. The effects of starvation were sickening, but she was told an even sicker fact. The dear people had been given seed to plant a harvest but instead of harvesting that seed they had eaten it because they were so hungry. Which of course led to having even less food.
This story presents a stark comparison to Christianity. We have so much seed at our fingertips. We have the Word of God in our hands. We can listen on our I pods to speaker after speaker sharing from the Word. We have more Bibles and books and material than we can read in a lifetime.
…and we read it. We go to church and hear. We listen. We cry. We feel “moved” …but what do we do with that seed?
Many times we eat it. We don’t plant it or try to harvest it.
Let’s just be real.
We are taught to forgive (Matthew 6:15), but do you know how hard it is to forgive?
“I have feelings too and that person never asked me to forgive them.”
We cry that our marriages are falling apart but yet ignore the Bible when it tells us in I Corinthians 7:4-5 to not “defraud” our husbands.
I am tired, I have a headache, it’s not the right time…
The Bible commands us to love God and love others (Mark 12:28-31) and that sounds GREAT.
…except when it comes to my unreasonable boss or THAT teacher or our loud neighbors…
WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN????
Dear friend, we simply are not harvesting the seed that has been given us.
Do you want to have REAL joy?
…Want real peace in life?
…Want to be a successful wife, mother and friend?
Harvest it! .
What does God say to do about that neighbor?
What does God say to do for my husband?
What does God say about “white lies”?
What does God say about your finances?
What does God say about raising children?
HARVEST GOD’S TRUTHS. In other words. Let’s DO what God tells us to DO. Let’s not just sit there, listen, nod our head. Let’s carry out what God has commanded us to DO.