Follow-up to this morning’s live-stream, Why was the Holy Ghost sent?
About two months ago I stopped in a local Lowe’s to see if they had any squash plants available in seedling form. It was late in the season, I was told, and they didn’t have any left. I knew this was true, but I wasn’t prepared to accept the fact that I wouldn’t have my squash.
So I found a few seeds and, when my lettuce growing season was over, I planted them. This week I went to my garden and harvested the first round of bright, yellow squash. As I stood, admiring the vibrant green leaves, I found myself lost in amazement at the power of a seed.
Stop and think for a moment about the miracle that’s actually happening. Underground. Away from all human observation.
Those seeds were stored in a package for months, maybe even years. But all it took for new life to take hold were the right conditions. A little moisture. Some sunlight. Warmth. But the real marvel lies here. Despite the fact that the seed itself falls apart and rots, the life within it moves on.
In thinking about what we heard this morning, I want to highlight a few things about God’s Word Seed children.
We are equipped
First, the Second Adam, Christ, is the Quickener who came to make alive the seed of God that were lying in the dust. By His Spirit we are equipped to let the Divine Life within burst through the limitations of this flesh.
That is why we rise above ourselves. We now push forth aspects of His glory. We speak in tongues. We do miracles. We raise the dead and see visions. By His Spirit we discern the secrets of the heart and manifest God’s glory through kind words and loving deeds.
We are being transformed
But our journey doesn’t end when we are quickened to life by the Holy Spirit. God wants to transform us into His own image. This is a process that continues throughout this life and ends when we stand glorified in His presence. Now here’s the good part.
The same God that quickened us, is with us throughout the journey to ensure that we arrive safely at our destination. Just look back at that squash seed again. Everything it needed to bring forth bright yellow fruit was inside it from the time it germinated. All it had to do was remain in the right atmosphere (the soil) and use the nutrients it ingested to bring forth more of its own life.
So it is with us my brothers and sisters. As we remain in the atmosphere of the Holy Ghost (who is in the Word) and use the spiritual nutrients we take within ourselves, we will find that we actually have what it takes to express more of God’s life.
We are prepared
I’ve often seen Christians praying for more power. More faith. More understanding. I think that’s fine. But do we realize that we already have what we need to overcome this age and be raptured into the presence of God?
In Luke 17:5, the disciples asked the Lord “Increase our faith.” But I want you to notice Jesus’s reply in verse 6. “And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.” He never told them more faith was on the road. He simply showed them that what they had was enough to do what Adam did before the Fall!
So what stands in your way? What Goliath boasts, hurling his fetid breath in your face? Stand like the prophet Zechariah and declare “Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain.”
We are confident
This is why the Bride can face tomorrow with confidence. That’s why we can still smile in the face of tight deadlines, stress, hurricanes, wildfires, pandemics, job insecurity, crooked politics and whatever else the devil has in store.
We know that, no matter what happens, the Life within us cannot be stopped. Let the critics say that the “season of Christian squash” is over. Let the mutter that miracles no longer happen and doubt the prophecies of God’s Word. Perhaps they don’t carry the Holy Ghost in their denominational shops.
But God doesn’t take shortcuts anyway—He is in the business of producing things from seed.
We are that seed. And, by His grace, we will produce a full harvest—the Millennium and the eternal rule of Jesus Christ.