I have grown to love, seedless watermelons and grapes, headless shrimp, lazy lobster, boneless ribs, and shelled crabs. Mmm, mmm good. (Almost as good as pb&j).
It’s work to deal with seeds, shells, heads, and ribs. We want to be, satisfied, quickly and effortlessly. (Less work, more fun). Who wants to deal with seeds?
At one time, eating in a restaurant was special, costly and a status cymbal. When I was growing up, it was even a special treat to go to the first fast food place in a neighboring town.
By the time my daughter was born, there was fast food on every corner, and eating out was the norm. It has overtaken and changed our culture.
Now the poorer we are, the more we eat out. Cheaply, quickly and constantly. It is quicker and easier to get something already prepared, then assemble the ingredients and do it ourselves.
It’s not just-food. It’s all of our existence. Our microwave lifestyles, always in a hurry. No time to savor and enjoy food, companions, reading, or just peace and quiet.
We need Seeds to reproduce, to continue to grow and survive. We have gone seedless.
We live a seedless Gospel, go to seedless church services, and spout seedless words. I believe we are seeing the Church dying away, because the seed we do have is some kind of hybrid, it isn’t the Good News of Christ anymore.
There are a lot of rituals and doctrines that aren’t bad, just not necessary. Music that is ok, but doesn’t lift Jesus higher, or draw us closer to Him. Preaching that doesn’t quicken us to action.
I believe it is a hindrance to the Holy Spirit, so much he replaced the Seed of the Gospel.
“Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:” (1 Corinthians 15: 36).
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21)
For the Holy Spirit to work within us we need to know: how to be Quickened, and for that to happen, we need to walk with Christ.
We must Sow the Seeds of a New, Quickened Life. A life is given to serving and loving our Lord, Jesus Christ, and allowing Him to shine forth.
“They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” (Psalm 126:5-6)
When we learn to sow, we will see the increase in our churches. We must quit sowing a seedless Gospel.
The Gospel requires repentance, confession, obedience, holiness, mercy, and grace.
In Romans 15, we read the Full Gospel includes signs, wonders, and the power of the Holy Spirit.
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