TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
Did you know that there are people I can only reach with My love and forgiveness through you? It’s true. Our connection makes you a conduit for My love and salvation. Don’t burn bridges with people who have hurt or disappointed you. Let My redemption flow through you for a harvest of hope.
LEAVE IT FOR JESUS
The collateral damage that happens to your friends and family when you don’t lay down your life, and you make things all about “me,” “myself,” and “I”, is terrible. I call this burning a field or burning a bridge. It’s when you destroy a relationship because of your selfishness and drama.
I have been guilty of that myself and I’m sorry I ever did that. I have purposed in my heart over these last several years that I’m not going to be a field burner anymore. I have a lot of fields that have weeds in them – weeds are dysfunctional relationships – but I’ve learned not to pull them up, or to put a match to them. Why?
Because I can still lay down my life for that person and give Jesus a harvest from it. Someday, maybe soon, Jesus is going to show up and He’s not going to yell at me because of the weeds in the field. He’s going to give me a crown because of the harvest that’s in it. That is the hope of the Lord Jesus Christ.
There are times when it appears your fields are nothing but weeds. There are times you need to seek Godly counsel and get an outsider opinion of your progress. You and I are sometimes too hard on ourselves and set our standards too high. We want perfection in our fields – especially when we’re dealing with family and kids.
Know this: we will not achieve perfection until the day of Christ’s return. This means there will always be weeds in our relationships and tares, or stickers, in our lives. Just like a field of wheat has patches of nettles and wild oats, there is still enough grain on that ground to warrant a harvest. We don’t destroy the harvest to kill the weeds.
Think of Jesus as a big John Deere combine. He threshes the wheat and separates out the grain from the wild oats, no matter how many there are. So, don’t strike a match. Be selfless in your relationships and let Jesus take care of the people you struggle with. Pray for them. Love on them. See them as the prisoners of war, to the enemy, that they are. Don’t burn that field. Leave those weeds for Jesus.
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus… – Philippians 2:3-5
FROM MY SERMON SERIES LORD OF THE HARVEST