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Be Productive for God

Let the intention of your day be to produce something for God's harvest. Decide to do more than merely receive the word.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Mark 4:20, ” But these are the ones sown on good soil, those who hear the word, receive it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred. “

Background

In downtown Charleston, there is a unique group of buildings at the intersection of Meeting and Broad Streets. On the corners are St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the US Post Office and Federal Courthouse, the Charleston County Courthouse, and Charleston City Hall. Robert Ripley, of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! , called this intersection the Four Corners of Law, as God’s law, federal law, state law, and local law are all represented in these four buildings. From one of these four structures, authority can come that touches practically every facet of life. Stand in the midst of this intersection, and one could cast stones at whatever institution had seemingly done them wrong. But where one site might offer help and instruction for certain situations, other inquiries may not be received there at all. Each building is intended for its own affairs.

Application

Jesus told a parable that may have involved a similar type of intersection. A sower went out to spread his seed, and as he did, the seed fell on four types of soil. Three of the soils were unable to bear any fruit. For various reasons, the seed was unable to do what it was intended to do. But the remaining soil did yield a crop. Unlike the other three soils, nothing interfered this time with the process of going from seed to fruit, and the sower was able to enjoy a wonderful harvest. Each handful of seed had the same life within it. Each seed was meant to produce. In our lives, it is that simple yet critical understanding that will determine which corner of the intersection you are on. We all want to receive the seed of the Word, but until we realize that it is intended specifically to bear fruit, we will allow something, and it could be anything, to hinder the fruit-bearing process. Life, with its thousands of distractions, has a way of taking our minds off of the purpose of the seed and putting it on the type of seed or the brand of seed or when the seed can fit our schedule. You’re at that intersection. Choose the right corner and fulfill His purposes.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let the intention of your day be to produce something for God’s harvest. Decide to do more than merely receive the word.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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