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10/27/2009

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How Many Bushels Per Acre?


"A farmer went out to sow his seed" (Luke 8:5).

Every once in a while it is good to do a little introspection. By this I mean to look back in our lives to see what we have accomplished. A farmer is all about being productive. If he is raising wheat, soybeans or oats, its about how many bushels per acre. How many "bushels an acre" are we making in our lives? In our reflection regarding our productivity, how many bushels are we making for the Lord? What do we need to do to become more productive? Why is there the need to be productive anyway? Is there anything that keeps us from being more fruitful in our lives? These are all good questions for the Christian who wants to make a lot of bushels per acre for Christ.

In Luke chapter eight we find the parable of the sower. It answers some of the questions as to why the productivity just isn't up to what it should be. The path, rocks and thorns represent reasons for lack of fruitfulness. Without going into detail, there are things in life that hinder the growth of our seed. Jesus explains what and how we ought to be in verse fifteen. "But the seed that fell on the good soil stands for those with a noble and a good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a good crop." Jesus desires that we are fruitful in our lives and the Word is part of the equation. The Word is "sharper than a two-edged sword." Jesus tells us that, "man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Simply put, by study and meditation we can become more productive and fruitful for the Lord.

Essential also to getting more bushels per acre is a relationship with Jesus. A "plant example" is used again in the first few verses of the fifteenth chapter of John as we are told of the vine, branches and fruit. We as branches, cannot bear fruit without Jesus the vine. So....What exactly are these bushels per acre that we ought to be making? We, as Christians, ought to have as positive an influence on others as we possibly can. It is through the acts we do according to our spiritual nature that allow us to become productive. "But the fruit of the spirit is joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control" (Gal. 5:22-23). When we bear THIS fruit, we will desire to bear more bushels per acre...

Have a wonderful day...What a great day for a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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