Good morning. It is Monday, June 28, 2021
I posted this picture of one of my Lilies over the weekend. My phone camera no longer takes crystal clear pictures, but it was good enough.
Nothing makes me feel closer to God than looking at nature. Every morning I look out my window and thank Him for the Pine trees that are in abundance on my property. I thank Him for the deer and all the wildlife. I thank Him for His goodness and mercy and for everything He has made for our enjoyment. He did that for us!
I have always loved the ocean and the Redwoods because they make me feel so small, which of course I am in the grand scheme of things. But more so it points to the grandeur and power of God’s handiwork.
My Aunt Marty responded to this picture with “Since the creation of the world God's invisible attributes are clearly seen by the things He has made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so they have no excuse! Romans 1:20.” AMEN!
She went on to say “All of the DNA of this amazing, gorgeous flower is contained in a tiny particular seed! We serve a mighty amazing God!” We do indeed Aunt Marty! Thank you.
How can people look around and not believe in a Creator? It boggles my mind. If something has been created, there is a creator. If you look at a computer, you know there was a designer. If you look at a house, you know there was a builder. If you look at this flower, you have to know there was a Creator.
Think of just flowers for a moment. According to my on-line search this morning it is estimated that there are somewhere between 250,000 to 400,000 flower species on the planet, though only around 230,000 of these have been described.” (source: sciencetrends.com)
Fine. Let’s go with just 230,000. Each one of those 230,000 flowers from a seed. Each holding its instructions deep within its little wall. Each told when to bloom and how.
Tell me that is all by accident. No way.
Luke chapter 8 ESV talks about the parable of the Sower. “4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
The disciples asked Jesus what the parable meant. Jesus answered in verses 11-15:
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.”
The seed is the word of God.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9 “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.”
A seed left in a seed packet is worthless. The only time that seed will do its job is when it has been planted. We plant the “seed”, the Word of God. The Holy Spirit will water the seed and God will harvest the seed. It is not up to us to harvest. Our job is to plant.
My friend Alta sent me the following verse over the weekend. It was perfect for today.
1 Peter 1:23 “since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;”
Verses 24 and 25 go on to say:
“For all flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
Be a seed. Tell someone about Jesus. Tell someone what He has done for you. You are a living testimony to His love and goodness; share that with someone.
From the Desire of Ages: "The Pharisees would not consider that Jesus was eating with publicans and sinners in order to bring the light of heaven to those who sat in darkness. They would not see that every word dropped by the divine Teacher was a living seed that would germinate and bear fruit to the glory of God." DA 276.2
Be a living seed that will germinate and bear fruit to the glory of God.