Tuesday, June 23, 2009
My Most Popular Blog Post
Yikes! I never knew I would hit on a topic so popular when I blogged about whether it's a sin to get tatooed or pierced. Just over the past 9 days, I've had 18 hits on that topic alone! (That's a lot for me.)
It's interesting to me, what things I anticipate being popular topics that I'm right about, and what things I think will be popular, that I'm wrong about. It's also interesting when I think something will have no great appeal, but it hits a lot of people's hearts.
Sermons are that way, too--when I think I've bombed a sermon and someone tells me that God spoke to them through it, or when I think I've really hit one out of the park, and nobody seems to have listened.
Mark 4:26-28 Again Jesus said:
God's kingdom is like what happens when a farmer scatters seed in a field. The farmer sleeps at night and is up and around during the day. Yet the seeds keep sprouting and growing, and he doesn't understand how. It is the ground that makes the seeds sprout and grow into plants that produce grain.
I love this passage, because it reminds us that we don't understand how the seed we sow sprouts and grows. Just as the farmer must be faithful to plant his seed, so we must be faithful to plant the truth in people's hearts. We don't understand how they will receive it--but God understands it.
Interesting that the scripture says that it's the ground that makes the seeds sprout and grow. In other words, the person who receives the word determines whether the word is going to grow in them. You can't make someone listen to you, or hear what they need to hear. You just have to plant the seed, and trust God to water it.
So--how do you think you're impacting the lives of those around you? Maybe you're impacting them--but not in the ways that you think. It's ok--God gives the increase. Just keep planting your seed!