And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Gal. 6:7-10)
It’s In the Bag
To set the stage for this message it is noteworthy that the idiom ‘It’s In the Bag‘ means that one is certain to get or achieve whatever it contains. Recently an open bright and white door was shown with a golden handle upon which hung a large bag of fresh fruit. This morning, a recliner chair was shown. On the chair rested open bags which revealed freshly picked ears of corn.
Against All Odds
An open door symbolizes fruitful opportunities for evangelism and for the benefit of the Church body on earth. (1 Cor. 16:9; 2 Cor. 2:12) No earthly effort can open this door, only the Lord Himself can miraculously accomplish this function. The harvested corn, on the other hand, flourished from planted seeds and have matured into fruit fit for New Kingdom purposes under Christ’s supervision. And it is a spiritual kingdom that does not come with observance nor can it be implemented by human effort. (Lk.17:20-21). Nor do we really know what the Lord will do with its fruit once they are harvested – it is all concealed in mystery. Everything that fosters growth, be it for the Church or the New Kingdom comes from the Lord. Anything else is based on self and fruitless works.
Corn and the New Kingdom
While speaking about the Parable of the Seed which matures into ears of corn, Jesus revealed:
For he who has, to him shall be given: and he who has not, from him shall be taken even that which he has (wisdom of the Word and putting it into application – you can lose what you do not use!) And He said, So is the Kingdom of God (which comes without observance, it is a growing spiritual kingdom; at least until the King returns to fully establish His reign) as if a man should cast seed (the Word) into the ground (partaking of and spreading the Word as it pertains to the New Kingdom). And should sleep, and rise night and day and the seed should spring and grow up, he knows not how. For the earth brings forth fruit of herself; first the blade (stalk), then the ear (head) after that the full corn in the ear (Again, it is GOD who gives the increase. The lowly self cannot accomplish this growth. Be it in one’s heart or on a grand scale. We cannot fathom its magnitude. Only GOD knows how it happens including the timing, season and ultimate purpose for its fruition.) But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he puts in the sickle because the harvest has come. (GOD will not be mocked, that which is not profitable for the New Kingdom will be removed at the end of the age.) (Mark 4:26-29)
Resting In Him
Briefly, this vision illustrates an open door – opportunities – to help advance the Church on earth. And when it is guided by the Lord, the work will bear fruit. It is not accomplished by human might nor by power but by the Word and Spirit of the living Christ! Corn – comparable to latter day fruit – has also matured. In this respect, I believe it means that a particular harvest has come in. And it comes with a seated position, authority and rest in the Lord (recliner chair). (Eph. 2:6)
Recommended Reading: Mark Chapter 4:1-34.
I am hearing: Success
Keep the Faith. Praise GOD and thank you Lord.
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