People sometimes feel like this law of multiplication is unfair. They make a few bad decisions, and when life falls apart, they think, “Well, I know I haven't always made the wisest decisions, but I don't deserve all this.” You're exactly right. But what you are experiencing is probably not punishment; it is harvest. And the law of the harvest doesn't operate according to exact proportions. Seeds don’t stay seeds; they turn into massive trees. What we reap always comes back to us greater than what we sow.
It’s always a fun and informative exercise to look at the most popular posts on Pastor J.D.’s blog and learn some interesting facts. (For example, his post on what his teenage daughter read last summer was more popular than the post about what Pastor J.D. read last summer.) We’ve done the digging and found what you considered the golden nuggets of 2017. We hope you enjoy them again and glean even more wisdom and truth to equip you in your walk with Jesus in 2018!
Most of us want to give to others without being burdened. We think we’ve earned our burden-free life, and we’re reluctant to step into any situation that puts weight back on our shoulders. But that’s not what people who have experienced the power of the gospel should look like. Think about the burdens you are carrying right now. How many of them are the burdens of others? One of the signs you’ve really encountered Jesus is the willingness to share in the burdens of others.
Luther knew something that we often forget. He knew that in that little word of faith is the power of God. It makes the sinner righteous. It makes the lame walk, the blind see, and the dead live. It frees the captive from the powers of addiction and heals the wounds of years of selfishness and abuse. It is the power of salvation to all who believe it. It turns tragedy into triumph, and makes us more than conquerors through him who loves us.
God won’t always eliminate the tough harvest you’re living through immediately. But he can change your life by empowering you to sow seeds of the Spirit in your life today. The financial difficulties you’re experiencing, the materialism in your kids, the dissatisfaction in your own heart … these may be a harvest of an ungenerous past. You can’t do anything about yesterday’s lack of generosity, but you can change today’s.
You see, when God sees you now, he mostly sees himself. He sees someone clothed with Christ’s righteousness and filled with Christ’s resurrection power. It’s not that he minimizes the sin and rebellion of your heart. He actually knows it much better than you do. But in Christ, he sees the perfect son or daughter that you have a hard time glimpsing. This is why God asks you to live such a miraculous life: He’s not betting on you.