The new creation we become is hungry for The Word. Like a baby cries for milk, the only food that satisfies our new spirit is The Word of God. We want to live up to it. We plant the Word of God in us simply by reading it, and then the Spirit of Christ, who lives in us, uses the Word to rebuild our lives. If we read it enough, we’ll start talking like it does, and believing what it says, and we will have and be what God created in us from the beginning. His Word is Jesus. His Word is life. His Word is light. His Word is love. His Word is clear and emphatic, and when we live His Word we bring Him satisfaction and He says of us, “It is good, very good. . . .”
Jesus said we sow The Word, we speak it out of our mouths, and that Word produces a harvest, slowly but surely. Just like a stem cell has the full, mature life of the baby in it, that cell must divide and multiply—grow, in other words—and it will produce a harvest. The seed we sow is The Word of God, words coming out of our mouths that agree with God’s Words, and we sow them into the Wind of the Holy Spirit. Every seed, every Word from God, contains a full, mature life, and when it is sown, other forces come along side to promote the maturation of the seed. A seed of wheat needs soil, water, and sun. A seed of the Word needs perseverance, loyalty, and faith. Loyalty means He can count on me. Faith means I can count on Him. Usually, only adverse conditions can produce the other forces we need.
This new life that we live will work itself out from the deep place in us where it has been planted. Just like a seed sends forth a shoot, The Word will begin to grow in that deep place and illuminate our thoughts. Just like leaves will unfold from the new stem growing out of the ground, our words will be formed by the Word growing in our spirits. Just like fruit will ripen for harvest, our bodies will reflect our Lord Jesus Christ. We will react to adverse conditions with the love, the tenderness, the honesty, the forthrightness, the boldness, and the humbleness that Jesus taught just by living among us as our example.
To be continued. . . .
Writing has been in my blood, so to speak, but when I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and He told me to write, all my trepidations rolled away and I began in earnest! After all, if God Almighty says it was His idea that I be a writer, who am I to stand in His way? My hope is that you not only like what I write, but that your life is moved by it, and that your party to Jesus and with Jesus turns your life into days of Heaven on Earth.