Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Planting Time
Galatians 6:6-10
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Gal 6:7)
Somewhere in the world right now a farmer is dropping seeds into the ground. Soon those seeds will begin to change the place where they were planted. The carefully prepared soil that appears barren today will become a field ready for harvest.
In the same way, New Year’s resolutions can be seeds to alter the landscape of life for others and ourselves. This prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi is a powerful model of this longing to bring positive change in a hurting world:
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
A farmer who sows wheat is never surprised when wheat grows from the ground where it was planted. That’s the universal law of sowing and reaping. Paul used it to illustrate a corresponding spiritual principle: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Gal. 6:7). Our sinful nature says, “Satisfy yourself,” while the Spirit urges us to please God (v.8).
Today is planting time. God has promised: “In due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (v.9).
Lord help me to sow seeds of love so that I may reap a harvest of love.Amen.
Let’s sow good deeds though life be grim and leave the harvest time with Him; Let’s give and serve as to the Lord and look to Him for our reward. 
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church