The Secret of a Successful Crop

In II Peter 1:2, Peter wanted grace and peace to be multiplied to us (all who are born again) and goes on to say that the way this can be experienced is “….through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” In Verse 3, we learn that  “….His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” In Verse 4, we are informed we are given “….exceeding great and precious promises” and that by these promises from God’s Word we  “….might be partakers of the divine nature.”  As all of this is going on, we discover that we have, ….escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Then, in Verses 5-7, we are expected to add to our faith seven important character qualities. These can only be added by exposure to and application of Scripture. This is how God enables us to mature Spiritually. The result? “For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Verse 8). This is the secret of a successful Spiritual crop! In the hymn, “God, We Spend a Lifetime Growing,” Carolyn Winfrey Gillette gives lyrical expression of this process: “God, we spend a lifetime growing, learning of your love and care, planting seeds you give for sowing, working for the fruit they’ll bear. Now we honor faithful servants who, with joy, look back and see years of growing in Your presence, lives of fruitful ministry. Thank you, Lord, for ones who teach us what has brought them to this place! May their faith-filled witness reach us; may we glimpse in them your grace. Strong in you, their strength uplifts us from our birth until life’s end; Spirit-filled, they give us gifts, as prophet, mentor, guide and friend. Christ our Lord, you walk beside us, giving daily work to do; years go by and still you guide us as we seek to follow you. If our sight fails, weak hands tremble, minds forget the things we’ve known, Lord, we trust that you’ll remember, hold us close, and see us home.” Selah! The Spirit of God, using the Word of God, will produce a bountiful crop in those who draw life from Jesus.    Ron

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