WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, 24APR
This Covid19 situation is unprecedented for our generation, but not at all for the Lord. Oh the pandemics that He has seen… The HOPE He has cultivated…
I could imagine the book of Job with the Lord modifying the Devil’s schemes… I can imagine the Lord morphing and helping us with this too. The ability to persevere is 100% from the Lord. We can show HOPE to shine light on the one who gives us hope. I believe we are also to learn that we really are all in this life together. Time to share, help, teach, sow.
You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5
Scripture comes to mind that despite our situation, we are to grow. Despite what we see in the world, we are to cultivate Godliness… Jesus taught in parable (Matthew 13): “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field; but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’”
It is a PATIENT Lord that we do have, One who could act swiftly but He may wait out the spiritual growth of the world so that as many as possible are found. The opportunities we have to learn about our path to Heaven are only as much as we are taught about Jesus. Therefore we too need to teach. Our own seeds need good soil in our existence and growth. So does everyone’s. As the parable of the sower reminds us – many people are not always strong in their faith. God WANTS good soil soul growth. God wants to harvest good wheat and a whole crop. God’s got to pick thru the weeds first, wheat from the weeds.
Can we remember to be in this world, this situation, for His glory and other’s growth? Can we support the weak, help them live and grow? Can we find strength in our weakness to demonstrate that we won’t just rollover, shrivel up and give up? Will we remember that we also are being encouraged to grow thru adversity.
There are plants that get battered by the wind and grow stocky and strong. There are trees that adhered to mountain cliffs and still manage to grow. There are people who don’t know the cushy life, but persevere and build deep faith.
The Lord has told us that we are all in this together. Do we comprehend that and do we understand how we can spend our energies in building up each other? For when we work for the Lord, we want to reach the people who have ears waiting and wanting to open.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.
And are we to grow thru our experiences now? Today? Yes. Are we to take time to improve ourselves thru these experiences? Yes. Have we been gifted time to explore what the Lord needs us to do? And are we to help the whole Kingdom of God’s people? YES
Having Hope will remind others of the one who gives hope.
What will we do in our precious moments today? Shrivel or grow?
I hope we will all GROW.
“God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it. (1Corinthians 12)
Patience in Suffering
Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. James 5
From the Book of Job: “If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help. (Job 11)
1 Corinthians 12: (NIRV)
One Body but Many Parts
There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts. Suppose the foot says, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. And suppose the ear says, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” By saying this, it cannot stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell? God has placed each part in the body just as he wanted it to be. If all the parts were the same, how could there be a body? As it is, there are many parts. But there is only one body. The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” In fact, it is just the opposite. The parts of the body that seem to be weaker are the ones we can’t do without. The parts that we think are less important we treat with special honor. The private parts aren’t shown. But they are treated with special care. The parts that can be shown don’t need special care. But God has put together all the parts of the body. And he has given more honor to the parts that didn’t have any. In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy.
You are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
“Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13
Thanks Lord… AMEN