Welcome again to this week's word for the week. So much about how far we go with Christ is dependent upon our inner man. In the natural sense, if we want to plant a garden of collard greens we need to take all of the necessary steps in order for that to happen. If one decides to plant squash they would have to do things a bit differently in order to reap that harvest. Your spiritual walk with Christ is no different. You reap what you sow, period. If you plan on going far with Christ you are going to have to adapt to the changes that are necessary depending on what you are trying to do.
This is actually an obvious thing in life but the enemy is clever enough to cause some people to overlook the severity of the consequences. God is not mocked but what does that mean to you? If you know to do something that is right the issue is not about what you know. It's about what are you going to do. It is the actions that we take that determine the consequences we might face. The person who is diligent in the process of planting those greens or squash can expect to reap a fulfilling harvest if they follow the process. A person who is diligent in the things of Christ can expect to reap a fulfilling harvest if they follow the process. It does not really matter what we are doing, we will reap whatever we sow.
This leads to a point that only you can answer this week. What are you looking to reap in Christ? The next question is what are you willing to sow in order to reap what you're looking for? How diligent are you willing to be? I watch people who plant gardens in their back yards and I declare unto you that they put in some major time and effort. The rewards are worth it though! It is definitely something that is not for just anyone and you have to be all in if you are going to reap a harvest. There is no price to put on their time because they both love what they do and the rewards it brings.
I hope by now you realize we are going somewhere this week. When you both love the process and the rewards it brings that is how you find satisfaction and excitement. Too many people have lost their passion for Christ this year. It is easy to blame it on Covid-19 but there's a reality we must face and be honest about. Unless Covid-19 is taking their passion away in all other things in their life, it is not where the blame should go. The passion is lost when there is a falling away from Christ that refuses to be acknowledged. This journey is not just about the right now. It's about the willingness to be obedient for your eternity.
If you only look at the right now you will miss it. You need to see beyond right now. You need to see beyond worldly pleasures and attractions. You need to see yourself in this for the long haul. You need to do what that gardener does. You need to be willing to water your seed. You need to be willing to tend to your seed. You need to willing to patient while your seed grows. You need to in place to reap your harvest when the time comes. You get in place with God not simply for the right now. You do it for a time which is yet to come. Don't miss the most important reward when this journey is over which is spending an eternity with Christ!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon