I hope that you are having a great week. I hope that you are enjoying our study in Proverbs. Proverbs is a book that is blunt and straight to the point. The only response to Proverbs is immediate execution or application.
May you grow in wisdom. May you experience God’s love and grace. You are more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. You are an overcomer. 1 John 4:4 says, “For he who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.”
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from: Proverbs 14:4. The title of this sermon is: You Reap What You Sow. This is the second sermon in our Proverbs2 series.
There is a growing movement of people that want to make a change in their lives. They have this romantic notion that they can leave their corporate computer jobs and get out of the city and they can go buy a ranch or a farm and they can just do that instead.
Most of these people have no idea what they are getting themselves into. They are basing their knowledge about farming based on what they have seen on TV or in movies.
What they end up finding out is that it takes work to keep a farm going. It is probably more work than they did at their corporate job and is most definitely a different kind of work than what they were used to.
There is also a romantic notion of the Christian life that a lot of people have. They believe that just because they have confessed Jesus as their Lord and Savior, there is nothing else that they have to do. They believe that going to church is going to feed their soul for the whole week and they don’t need to pick up their Bible at home or anywhere else. Parents think their kids learn enough about Jesus at church but when their kids do something or go down some dark path, they want to blame the church instead of taking responsibility as parents.
Most Christians don’t know what they are supposed to believe or why they should believe it. This is a tragedy.
Charles Spurgeon said, There is enough dust on the Bibles of most Christians that you could write damnation on the cover.
That is a mic drop quote. Drop mic. Walk off the stage.
Just like a farm, if you want to reap a harvest in your life – if you want to grow and progress in becoming more like Jesus, you have to put in the work.
A clean farm is an unproductive farm.
If you want to have a good crop, you have to get messy.
We are called to bear fruit. We are called to be the trees that are planted by streams of life giving water. So, like the tree, we need to be plugged in to the only spirit life giving resource there is and that is Jesus.
If you want to bear fruit, you will have to get your hands dirty. You will need to pick up more than just the remote.
To bear fruit a tree or vine must be pruned. Dead branches must be cut away and thrown into a fire.
The longer a dead branch stays on the tree, the faster it affects the rest of the tree. Then whatever caused the branch to die, ends up killing the rest of the tree if it is not dealt with. The best way to deal with it is to cut it off.
We all need pruning and cultivating. There are things in our lives that must be cut off so that we can continue to be all that Jesus created us to be.
How do you learn and grow?
Not every farmer uses the same methods but they get similar results.
In a farmer’s life, the farm comes before anything else. It comes before anything else. The farmer will do whatever it takes to continue working the farm as long as he can.
In a Christian’s life, your spiritual journey or your relationship with Jesus must come before anything else. You must be molded and shaped by Scripture so that you can grow. You cannot lead your spouse, your kids, you can’t lead anyone else if you cannot lead yourself.
You have to be a disciple to make disciples. In other words, you have to follow Jesus to teach someone else what it looks like to follow Jesus.
The great thing about all of this is that Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit and the church.
You take how you learn.
You take community with the church.
You end up conforming more to the image of Jesus by doing life with other people who are doing what Jesus called them to do.
Remember that a clean farm is an unproductive farm.
If you want to grow with Jesus, it is both costly and you are going to have to get your hands dirty.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
Grace and Peace.
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