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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

Do not allow wealth to become more important to you than a rich relationship with God

A Covenant Prayer
“Put Me to Doing” – Part III

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:21-29

Key Verse: Matthew 7:21
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Put me to doing” is giving God permission to use our daily activities to achieve His Kingdom’s purposes.

Yesterday’s devotional started looking at sowing seeds using Jesus’s Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13:1-23. We looked at the first two failure modes for sowing seeds: some seeds do not produce good results and some seeds do not produce lasting results.

There is another failure mode for seeds:

“The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.” (Matthew 13:22)

You may know people who had a great start in their walk with God, but, unfortunately, the worries in their lives discouraged them and they ended up walking away from the Lord.

Maybe some people were happy with God until He challenged them to give some of their money to Kingdom purposes. Jesus knows how wealth can be more important to people than a relationship with Him.

The last part of this parable of sowing seed shows us great results can come from planting seeds:

“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:23)

Those who receive the seed and allow it to grow in them produce great things for God and His Kingdom.

For example, a small church in southern Indiana showed kindness and care for a very poor little girl in their community. She came to church and soon accepted Jesus as her Savior. This girl was from an unchurched family of thirteen kids, a mother, and a bootlegging father. But the seed grew and slowly the entire family became Christians.

That little girl was my mother and because of her and my dad’s examples of Christ-like living, I became a pastor. Now, my wife Melanie and I have a daughter and son-in-law who are missionaries and a son who is a pastor.

All this started from a small church that sowed the seeds of Jesus in the heart of a little girl in their community. I have often thought that the pastor of that little church never imagined what would result from that one little girl’s life because his church shared Jesus.

Let’s keep sowing seeds of God’s love.

Father, help me to sow a seed of Your love today. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.