"come to life" devotionals

Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.  

The following is an excerpt from the devotional book.  Books are available for purchase in the church office.



SEED SOWING

By Meade DeKlotz


A young friend was making some poor life choices so I felt led to write her a letter sharing my thoughts and God’s Word.  The verses I shared with her spoke of God’s directions, His precepts and His forgiveness to those who repent.  At the time we were memorizing Isaiah 55 in our Precepts Bible study.  These verses (Isaiah 55:10-11) were so encouraging to me because I felt God was telling me that as I shared His words with my friend, those words could have a powerful effect.


Now, my friend my reject God’s words, as the parable of the soils reveals to us (Mark 4:1-20).  In this parable of Jesus, seeds are scattered on different types of soils, but only the good soil accepts the seed in and grows into a healthy plant that bears fruit—thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold!  Seed that falls on hard or rocky or thorny soil does not bear any fruit.  The seed represents the Word of God, and the soils represent how receptive our hearts are to God’s Word.  For the receptive heart, God’s Word works miracles and accomplishes exactly what God promises—it bears much fruit, way more than humanly possible.


Isaiah 55:11 reminds us of the incredible power of God’s Word.  His sovereignty over nature in verse 10 is  compared to His word in verse 11.  His words carry His power to accomplish me to meditate on Scriptures and let God’s powerful truth work inside me to transform my heart, and then I can help other people by sharing how God’s Word has changed me.  We shouldn’t hesitate to lovingly share Scripture with others for healing, encouragement and support because we are sharing His powerful words.  We need to be sure what we share with another is not used to condemn but to build up and encourage.


I don’t know if my friend was or will be receptive to God’s powerful words.  But I now that God’s words give miraculous, supernatural life to any receptive heart, and I now that God wants us to share His Word as a beacon of light in a dark and discouraging world to help people find life.

 

Queries

  •  Is there Scripture that God has used in your life that you could share with someone else?
  •  Choose a passage to meditate on that speaks to your personal need.