A new thought to me this week…

July 5, 2008 at 10:53 pm 1 comment

In answer to my post below:

The cool thing was that we are told in the Bible, not to spread seed, but to “bear fruit”. The author, Dr. Paul Brand, was writing about the way God created us for our senses to make memory impressions on us.  Before I lose you, he illustrated that some of his most powerful memories are accompanied by suddenly smelling something like he ate when he was a child back in India.  He could see how mother cooking there in there house, offering him saffron for the first time.

He suggested that if someone is hungry, you usually don’t hand them a seed, you give them food.  God asked us to carry the fragrance of Christ and to bear fruit.  We are to sow seed, certainly, but as we bear fruit.  No one wants seed from a fruit that tastes bad.

Being an efficient person, it trikes me that planting seed is not always the goal.  It may take months-years of us bearing fruit, and we may never know when the seed is actually sown.

That was a new thought to me this week.

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  • 1. -bill  |  July 6, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    I made a comment on the previous post. It must gotten trapped in your spam filter.

    Blessings,
    -bill

    Hi Bill! Good to hear from you. I have not found your comment! What a loss! Thank you for stopping by, and certainly try again if God graces you with time to do so. I’m sure we all would have loved to have heard your thoughts!

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