Just when you think PnP has had a brilliant marketing tool to push up sales (stikeez), Checkers pulls out another rabbit out of the hat. Little Garden has everyone talking, even the schools are having little trays and each pupil plants their little seedling in the class room and together they watch it grow. I must say even I am very into it. I have a couple of them lined up in our kitchen window and we love to see how they are growing. It is such a simple concept without a lot of effort. On Television when marketing this, they have a song all the kids sing…”imagine what will grow”…….
When you make Jesus Lord of your life and proclaim with your mouth that He is your King, you are a born again Christian.
Please read with me in John 3 verse 1 to 8
“Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again. ” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
John 3:1-8 NIV
Physically you may still be the same, but in the Spirit something remarkable has happened. Your heart which is like soil to your Spirit is now fruitful and full of minerals…. and that is where some people stop. They do not know that they can invite the Holy Spirit to come and stay within them. YES! After you are born again you go into Prayer and you invite God’s Spirit to come and stay within you. Its called the infilling of the Holy Spirit. When you do that you have seeds that is implanted into that fruitful ground moist from being born again ready for seeds to grow.
Matthew 13:3-9 NIV : “Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Jesus then went on to explain the parable he used:
Matthew 13:19-23 NIV: “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Those seeds sown into your good soil needs to grow. Remember, your soil is good, regardless of your past, because once you become born again you are righteous in the eyes of God. You are a New Creation. There are no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
Romans 8:1-2 NIV “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”
In order for the seeds to grow they need Sunlight and Water daily and insect repellent as well as fertiliser otherwise the seedling will die. The Word of God and Holy Spirit is your sunlight, water, insect repellent and fertilizer. YOU NEED TO SPEND TIME IN THE WORD OF GOD. YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE. Your Creator – God Almighty – tells you in the Bible who you are. You need to build a relationship with God and be in conversation with His Spirit – Holy Spirit. There needs to be a relationship.
Making time to read the Bible and meditating on it is like water that will give life and nourishment to the seeds sown in your heart to grow. Jesus said to the Samaritan women at the well that if we drink of the Living water He will give us, we will never thirst again and that it will become like a Spring of water welling up into eternity!!!!! (John 4 verse 1-42)
John 4:13-14 NIV: “Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Being born again means you are a baby in the Kingdom of God. We all have or had babies, those first 5 months are so adorable, but we wait for those milestones to happen. At 6 six weeks we see the first smile, which means communication seems be starting, then we support them and take care of them while their neck muscles grow stronger until that little baby can hold up his own head and turn to noises. And man o man when they start sitting on their own we are so chuffed!
We want them to grow. We want our babies to become toddlers and children and adults – my 7 year old is starting with responsibilities in our house now. He is able to give the dogs food on his own when we ask him to and he baths on his own and dresses without assistance. It makes me proud. God is your Father, He wants to see you grow and flourish, He wants you to function in His Kingdom – You need to grow – You cannot stay a baby all the time, you need to know how to protect yourself and your family from the Satan and his lies (insect repellent) and how to receive blessings (Fertiliser) and live a life of victory! Pastor Johan de Beer always says: “There is a higher life in Christ.” That is so very true, because I am living a higher life in Christ!!!
Jesus also said something of utter importance near the end of His conversation with the Samaritan Women.
John 4:24 NIV: “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The Fruits of the Holy Spirit are already embedded into your heart when you invite him to live in you.
GALATIANS 5:22-23 AMP : “But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
You are already equipped with these fruits. They are seeds that need to grow into plants and bear Fruit. Speak them over your life and your household. Call it forth. With these Fruits of the Spirit you will be able to feed and apply them in your marriage and your precious kids will see the fruit and experience the taste of it. You will be honouring God in doing so – you will be able to feed people with the Fruits of the Spirit who are hungry for God and while you do that you will also be growing and maturing Spiritually.
James 1:22-25 NIV: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Seek God’s Kingdom first in your life above everything else. Become one with Holy Spirit and be in His presence the whole day everyday. Holy Spirit is like a compass leading you into the right direction – God’s direction.
Imagine what will grow…..