Springtime is just around the corner and some of us with a need for dirt under our fingernails, plant a garden. Anyone who plants a few seeds revisits the ground in a few days to look for the seedlings bursting forth from the ground. The small green sprigs give a hint of a harvest to come.
It is not enough to be excited about the germination of the seed or to shout to the world, “Hey, look at me, I sprouted a seed!!” The true expected result is the harvest of vegetables when we fry up that first batch of yellow squash or slice that first tomato. Mmm!!
Somewhere in our current culture, we have strayed away from the need of actual results. We just want to feel good. Forget the results! I just want to be happy and feel like I am doing something important whether I accomplish anything or not.
There is an important spiritual principle of sowing and reaping. You get what you sow as the Bible says in Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (NKJV).
If you sow bad seed, you will get an bad harvest. If you sow good seed, you will get a good harvest. If you sow nothing, guess what? Yep, you will get nothing.
Someone said that the definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result. Even if you work harder doing the same wrong thing, you will just continue to get more of the same wrong results.
I know some wonderful Christian people who populate the pews of churches who look a lot like Jesus. It has been my privilege to walk beside some great disciples of Jesus.
Sad but true, there are also many cases where the folks in the pews do not look much different than the folks in the world. Maybe the reason is, we have made church attenders not disciples of Christ. We have moved the expected result to something easily achieved by man’s wisdom and strength.
What was the last thing Jesus commanded to His church? He said, “make disciples” (Matt 28:19 NKJV) and “teach them to observe all things that I have commanded” (Matt 28:20). Just think of all the things we do as churches, that is not that!
Perhaps the work of the Holy Spirit is too messy for many people. If folks are held to some accountability, they just move to where it is easier. People do not say it out loud but in essence they say, “I’m not really interested in being better, I just want to feel better! I come to church here and there to get my conscious soothed for thirty minutes and return to my regular secular life.”
Making disciples is tough work. Being a disciple is tough work. It must be intentional, consistent, and the main thing. Heaven or Hell will be populated by our results!
There are so many problems in our culture and in the world that could be solved by the power of the Kingdom of God displacing the effects of our fallen world.
We need fathers and mothers making disciples of their children in the environment of a Christian home. Churches need to preach and teach the simple and powerful Gospel of Christ, making disciples of those who gather in their fold. When the flame of revival burns, it spreads, impacting the communities first, then the world.
Genuine disciples filled with the Word of God and filled with the Holy Spirit are those who make up the sphere we call the Kingdom of God on the earth. Nothing is more powerful on this earth than the Spirit of God unleashed through His disciples.
In the Bible, we see many examples of the children of Israel turning their back on God and embracing the harlotry of the world in idol worship which resulted in oppression, destruction, and captivity.
Our culture has turned their back on God and has departed from the principles of His Word to embrace the harlotry of the world. The beginning of oppression and destruction is looming on the horizon, and I am afraid an bad harvest is coming that we will not want to gather.
It is not too late. I have been praying for a real revival (not a week-long service with a guest preacher)—a powerful Heaven Sent Awakening!!! We need a revival; an awakening that uproots the weeds in our lives, lays bare a seedbed in our hearts for the Word of God, heated by the fire of the Holy Spirit, germinating seeds of truth, then to be cultivated in intentional discipleship, and harvested in the bounty of disciples who look like Jesus!
MY PRAYER: Oh Lord, You have done it before, now do it again. Send the fire of revival not the flames of your wrath. Convict our hearts of sin and open the stony hearts to cry and repent. Raise the voices loud who sing of Your glory and who preach Your truth. Hush the mouths of reckless men and thwart the snares of the enemy. Awake the nations of the world to Your splendor. Put a trumpet to the lips of those who declare Your coming.
Yours on the Journey,
Harry L. Whitt