Cultivating The Ground And Bearing Fruit
Romans 8:1-11; Psalm 24:1-6; Luke 13:1-9
The next half of our life after that is usually spent on taking stock of one’s accomplishments, and one looks for ways to move from success to significance. Within this age bracket majority find this to be a chance to dig more deeply into what they believe and to make sure that their life’s direction is inline with their core beliefs.
If you notice, majority focuses on their own well-being, and usually not much of others. Many think that as long as they lead peaceful lives and not provoke or harm others, they are already living the life that God wants us to live. In this part of life, many people start to worry about their lives ending and so, they start to do things that they have not done before in their lives. For people who love the earthly life, they would engage in activities that they have been putting on hold when they were young and too busy, while for the spirit-led ones, this is a time for reconciliation, forgiveness, giving back to the Lord through charitable acts and many more.
Jesus simplified the 10 commandments into 2 simple rules: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend all the commandments. By loving others as you love yourself, it meant for us to involve others in our plans in life, and not just ourselves. It means that whenever we see an opportunity to help another person, we should not hesitate, and should even make plans to help that person as long as we have the capacity to. Helping others does not necessarily equate to financial help, but should also include spiritual help and guidance, which is more important than anything else.
The bible says that those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit, and that those who set their mind on the flesh ends up in spiritual death, while those who live according to the Spirit shall have everlasting life. Many people value things of this world more than anything else, so they end up empty and sad, even when they have become accomplished in this world. There will always be that hole in their hearts.
We don’t have to wait till guilt and insecurity kicks in at our old age before we start following the second commandment that God gave us. In fact, we can start as early as when we are able to understand the things that our parents teach us.
Life is short. We cannot afford to waste any of our valuable time, You’ll never know when the Lord will take your life away from you, but when He does, it would be best if you were prepared for it, just like the guests who prepared for the bridegroom’s coming.
Let us pray for wisdom to discern the way the Lord wants us to multiply the gifts that He has given us to other people.