Reaping What You Have Sown

Some complain about the state of the world and why it is that God let it be this way.   Well let us consider how often we have been telling God for years to stay out of our schools, government and our own lives.   How can we expect God to give us blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?

In light of recent events (terrorists attacks, school shootings, etc.) I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (atheist) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school (the book that teaches thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbour as yourself), and we said OK. Then Dr. Benjamin Spock (whose son committed suicide) said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem … and we said OK.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves. Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell; how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says; how you can send jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing; how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing? Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they WILL think, of you for sending it. Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.

Facebook post February 23 at 4:58am by Quay Parks, Author of article: Unknown

Treasure of a Different Kind

Hidden treasure is something that we rarely come across in our lifetime. However, it does happen, and in 1998 a man by the name of James Hill found a small fortune on his family property, a cache of emeralds that he discovered in a cave, from which two of the best gems brought more than seven hundred thousand dollars on the market. This was a big haul worth millions and to think it was right in his own backyard!

Jesus speaks of a treasure that is unlimited and of immeasurable value. He offers two parables that both highlight found treasure. Both in story form underscore the fact that the treasure is invaluable. The first parable is about a man who finds a treasure in the field and hides it immediately then purchases the field at any cost to himself, as you can imagine, in order to own the treasure. And the second, is about pearls which a merchant sought and once he found a very valuable one sold everything to purchase it (Matt 13:44 -46).  When considered together these lessons teach the worth of God’s Kingdom and being earnest to be part of it. We should seek to enter it at any cost to ourselves. It is not hard to see why when you consider everlasting life and the joy of God’s presence in this life.

“’What is the true value of the things you treasure now” is the question you should ask yourself. We find out about an ageless truth that the more things we acquire the more time and energy we require to maintain them. How often do you hear about someone going to the cottage to work on it, or putting another coat of sealer on his patio or washing down a boat for the spring season? It seems everything needs some sort of maintenance and you wonder if keeping busy repairs and maintenance is what ownership is really all about instead of enjoying them for what they can offer. It matters little because in the end objects do not last, and many only bring temporary enjoyment. Only God can truly help you value the things in life that last and bring real meaning and contentment. That is why Jesus says that both men sold all they had to purchase the treasure. To delight in Christ and His salvation is what this life should be about and what brings lasting satisfaction. Jesus often spoke about the nature of His kingdom and how it can become ours.

Place your trust in Christ today and be granted new life and enjoy His rule in this life and the life to come forever.