Friday, December 6, 2013

Farming Words to Live By (Part 2)

On Wednesday I started a two part post about an email I received that had a long list of "Farming Words to Live By."  If you missed the Part 1 of the blog I'd encourage you to go back and check it out.  The idea here is that certain aspects of farming wisdom easily translate to our spiritual life.  Here are the final two phrases for this two part post.

3.  “Don’t corner anything meaner than you”
I remember about nine years ago when our 1,800 pound bull used my dad as a door knob to get out of the barn.  The bull wanted out through the gate and used dad to open it.  Fortunately dad was okay.  We need to realize that when we mess with sin which is something bigger, stronger and meaner than we are then we are asking for trouble.  We have no way of overpowering sin on our own.  Sin can walk right over us and leave us in a mess.  The beautiful thing about sin is that we do not have to face it alone and God is bigger than any sin we face.  God wants us to reach out to Him before the sin gets to us so that He can help strengthen us against the temptation and help us face it.  God hates sin as much as sin hates us!

4.  “Always drink upstream from the herd”
This one needs no explanation!  The easiest way for us to apply this to our spiritual life is with one word, Sanctification.  We, as God’s people, are called to be set apart, different, and holy.  The Bible even tells us that it is God’s will that we be sanctified.  We must be living a life that day in and day out points others to Christ.  We cannot leave Christ in the car when we go to work, or to school, or to play.  As Christians everything we do needs to make others look at us and see that we are not like everyone else, that there is something different, that we are set apart.  God tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:3 that His will for our lives is our sanctification.  So we have to take this continual process of becoming like Christ very seriously.

I hope you can take these words of wisdom and apply them to your spiritual life to help you grow.

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