A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1
We are thankful for the abundance of Christmas cards that flooded our mailbox over the Christmas season, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas. Just as the Christmas cards began to dwindle from the mail, the seed catalogs began to come. As I peruse the pages and think of longer warmer days I am reminded that the seed is in the ground and now is when I need to be tending the gardens, the spiritual gardens.
Right now is when people have Jesus on their minds. Right now is the season of planting spiritual seeds. Right now is the time to encourage those seeds to grow. Next week, people will make New Year's resolutions. How can I encourage them to not just make a resolution but begin a new habit of regular church attendance, daily Bible reading, and creating a War Room of prayer for our families, friends, communities, and nation.
Jesus tells us He is the vine. We are the branches. (John 15:5) If we are attached to Him we will bear much fruit. I love verse 7.
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
If we have God's word abiding in our hearts we will ask for things that will be in accordance to His will and He will perform it.
What will you ask of God? Will it be for family or friends or your community or your nation?
Will it be for peace on earth, goodwill to men?
The seeds of Christmas have been planted. It is up to us now to water and bear fruit in the new year.
Do you like for mom and dad to read you a bedtime story?
How many stories do you ask for?
Could you ask for one more? Add your children's Bible or Bible storybook to the reading stash each night.
You will discover things about God you never knew; and you'll learn to bear fruit for Christ.