August 31, 2019 | Lifeblog | No Comments
In the last class, we discovered the best example of seed sowing in the whole of the Bible – we found it in John 3: 16
For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. – John 3:16
Begotten son, meaning most precious son. God sowed his most precious seed as a price for our salvation.
Not everything in life come cheap. As a matter of fact, manifestations that will last, have to be laboured for. That Labour is a seed and a price you need to pay, if you must enjoy extraordinary benefits.
I told you in the last class that there are other components of that perfect example of seed sowing, we just found in John 3:16, that we will begin to examine
Please open your Bible. You may need to pause the tape to do that. Please do so if you have to. I want you to see it for yourself. Open to John 3:16 once again and read in between the lines.
For God so Loved the world – THAT’S LOVE
That He gave His only begotten son – THAT’S THE SEED
That whosoever believeth in Him – That’s faith
Should not perish, but have everlasting life – THAT’S LIFE IN IT’S FULLEST
So we have already examined the seed sowing component of that scripture and identified God as the most perfect example of a sower, He sowed his most precious seed. I told you to sow quality and precious seeds anytime you sow, because the soil (or receiver) is quite strategic to your harvest. Don’t give to God or men as if they’re begging for it. God sowed His most precious son, now, he has billions of sons.
In today’s LIFECLASS, let us deal with the LOVE component of that Scripture in John 3:16. So this class is titled:
The Love Component.
For God so loved the world!
Here’s the LIFECLASS moment. Please pay attention.
Don’t sow, if you don’t love.
Love prepares the soil for the seed. Loving the soil is like ploughing it and loosening it for the planting season.
For God so loved the world! So let’s say you want to give to a brother. You should be able to say, “For I so love the brother”
Or let’s say you want to volunteer yourself for God’s service in one form or the other, you should be able to say, oh, “For I so Love God and his work”
While it is fine to expect a harvest, it is wrong to make that our motivation. Love should be the motivation. When God sowed Jesus to transact our salvation, his motivation was Love, “For God So loved the world”. His harvest turned out to be billions of souls in return, but Love motivated him. Unconditional love.
Sowing brings you into a covenant with God as the Bible says in psslms 50 verse 5
“Gather my saints together unto me; Those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
God becomes committed by that covenant, to ensuring your harvest, yet, believe me, that harvest shouldn’t be your motivation. Why? because, even God our example was motivated by love, unconditional love.
You must have heard it said that if you have a need, then sow a seed. Absolutely correct, we’ve learnt it in LIFECLASS too, but you see, never leave out love in all of this, because you’re not living for the harvest, you’re living for love, for Jesus, and he has already prepared a place for us to spend eternity. When we get to heaven, there will be no need to meet. Only love will be shared eternally. So, start practicing here on earth, what you will do for the rest of eternity. In eternity, we will not need anything, we will not have to give anything to get abundance, we will only love and love lavishly. Hallelujah!
You cannot be poor here, I insist, but many people are rich in money, and empty in the spirit. The sad thing is, they even find their way onto the altar and pour this emptiness onto the church. It pains me. You may plunge yourself into complete spiritual emptiness if you’re only sowing to receive but leaving out the love component of the seed sowing covenant. You become empty because the only attribute that endears you to your father is missing. Love is missing!
When you see such people who sow or serve, only to receive and not motivated by love, they’re never calm. They forget that they must long after God as a deer pants after the water brooks according to psalms 42 verse 1. When you serve God, let your motivation be love and not some harvest. He has definitely not called the house of Jacob to seek him in vain, so your harvest is certain, Isaiah 45 verse 19 says so.
Understand this LIFECLASS, everything about our worship, our commitment, our spirituality, does not always have to be short, stylish, stage-managed and user friendly. In God’s presence, we should still shed tears in awe of him. Love for Him is what gets you to that level in worship! Dancing is fine, but our worship should not always be short.
There’s danger in the present microwave breed of worshippers we’re gradually becoming, where we perform every exercise that fosters intimacy with God, in haste. Prayer, meditation, exhortation, and fasting should not always be short. No, it shouldn’t. Or, When do we want to start tarrying for power and waiting all day, as the disciples did in Acts 1:14.
There’s a love component of seed sowing, and that’s what I just showed you in John 3:16. Say Lord Jesus, thank you for your birth, your life, your love, your death and your resurrection. I love you because you loved me. Let all my seed sowing be motivated by love and not just the assurance harvest. In Jesus Name. Amen.
Or wait, have you given your life to Jesus? Are you sure? Are you still in him. If you’re not sure, say Lord Jesus, I also thank you for your birth, your life, your love, your death and your resurrection. I present myself to you as I am. Save me Lord. I’m sorry for my sins and I receive your forgiveness. I receive you as my Lord and saviour. I’m saved. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Thank you everyone.. Remain blessed as we meet again in the next class. In Jesus Name. Amen.