But in today’s lesson, it is a time for planting. If you notice, it is about that time of the year where the grass grows and flowers bloom. It’s amazing how things happen. Certain time of the year things go in dormant mode. I have an evergreen tree and a really tall tree about 30 ft. The evergreen stays green all year around. But they’re in a mode. They constantly stay green. And I have a tree called Mr. Brown. I picked him up out on our family farm. And noticed an evergreen that was less than 2ft tall. I placed it in the grown, watered, planted and called him Mr. Brown. Because back in those days when my grandfather bought property he called it after the name of the person that he bought it from. I did the same and planted it in my ground and now it is over 10 ft. tall. It has grown every year it grows. I monitored it. First, it grew to my waist. Then my head. There is a time and season for everything. I had another tree but it died. I had to uproot it.
I was looking as I studied for this message that a tree that is planted can be moved at any time. But it is safer and much more convened when the leaves are falling. Preferably in the fall or early spring. The bark adheres more tightly and more liable to move. All things considered, spring is the best time to plant. Every good thing has a time to plant. A spring time. It’s time for us to start planting in out lives seeds. In 1 Corinthians Paul spoke about planting. “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task.6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. (1 Corinthians 3:5-8 (NIV))
The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.
10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, (1 Corinthians 3:8-12 NIV)
Paul is addressing dissention. Some liked other pastors over another. Cut no one down, it’s all God’s work. One plants the other waters. Years ago, a man had a garden. Another man walked by that individual’s garden and saw how it flourished. Almost every kind of vegetable and fruit were present. Maybe an acre or two. The man reported that the Lord really blessed you. The man became arrogant, and said, “you should have been here when the Lord had it”. People are like that they don’t want to give God credit for nothing.
The Lord has blessed us to be here all these many years by sustaining and blessing us. He touched hearts to provide for us. Elijah was fed by buzzards. God knows how to provide for you but you have to have a heart to receive. God did the same for us. And Elijah ate good. Stay consistent, don’t waiver to the left or to the right. And I’ll provide for you. God gives you health and strength to go to your job. He wants you to do something with that health and strength. Tell someone else about the word.
For Paul called the Corinthian church infants because they constantly quarreled. Immature Christians are worldly. Mature Christians are constantly in tune with God’s desire. Not being controlled by your own desires for it will stunt your growth.
I have planted good seeds and you should do the same. I ministered the word in prisons, nursing homes, and tv. God sees everything. We planted seed. It has to come back. Some plant, some water but God will give the increase. Keep living and God will show you how it will come up in your life. I remember with my parents, they’re elderly. I try to help the elderly so that someone will help my parents. I saw an elderly man who was having car trouble and received word that he needed a jump start. I got the cables from the back of my car. He told his son about it. I was planting seed. When they were down, someone helped them out. It’s called sowing and reaping. People don’t believe the bible but it is relevant to us today. You can tell by the way they act when they get on their feet.
Going back to Paul and Apollos. God works with many different people with a variety of gifts and abilities. You don’t think that God can use you. It doesn’t just happen with the preacher but with the congregation. Ask God, what do I have. There are no superstars. We are all just team members. Let us work together, let us pray together, down on our knees. Just communicating with God about the needs of the community, the affairs of life, people, your church and others. You have to have a time for praying for others and not just yourself.
There was a time when I was growing up when others felt that they were specialist. Others just waiting on another specialist to come. I like people but I’m not going to cow-tail to you. I’m not a hard person, I just want to live the life, I want to treat people the way they treat me. We can become useful members of God by setting aside our desires to receive glory from others. Instead, seek approval from God. Simple example of this with simple prayer is the parable about the rich man and the tax collector praying (Luke 18:9-14 NIV). God looks at the heart. Don’t seek the praise of men, know what you have to do, get the map and go further.
Your foundation with God is built on Jesus Christ not leaders in this life. This is not a cult religion. We are built on Jesus Christ. It’s all built, it’s legal, certified and documented. One waters the other plants but God gives the increase. A building with no foundation is poorly constructed. You can build your life on all kinds of things. Some build their life on praise, music, job, etc. These things cease but God stays the same. He’s consistent. My words will not pass away. Even in your own personal life, you need to know where you came from. Some people don’t know why they serve God. People go to church and they don’t know why they’re celebrating. I question, if you don’t know why you serve God, maybe you are not saved all.
We need to plant the word in our hearts that we might not sin against him. One cousin of mine was trying to find himself. He sought out through drugs and questioning everything. I learned as a kid you don’t have to go out and find yourself. You can learn about life even as a Chrsitian. You don’t have to be naïve. Foundation: The finest material will rot if they are not on a solid foundation but just resting on the ground. It may crack, most times it will settle down and you will have to deal with it later in life. It may look good but it’s built on the ground and not a foundation. Lot of people in life, they’re life is built on a slab, they can’t stay strong. Life is that a way. The foundation of your life is Jesus Christ. Everything we must do fits the pattern provided by him.
I want my life to last. For it is built on a good foundation. One adjuster came and recommended the things that I need to do to my home. It angered me but his recommendations were correct. Sometimes you hear the word and it hits you hard. You didn’t want to accept it but when the son hit hard you realized that it was true.
This month of April is a time of planting for the children of God. Plant the seed the good seed of God. Encourage others when the time is right. Plant a good seed. Let them know that God is real. You know how to talk to people. Are you building a real lasting foundation? Don’t build your life on just money and being “successful”.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens everything there is a season: Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV).
Guest Blogger: John E. Hopkins