Tending the “Crops” – TEMPTATION [15]

In the last post, Healthy Seeds!! —> Healthy Harvest!!  –  TEMPTATION [14], http://wp.me/p5nZpi-BQ, I mentioned that when we plant “seeds” of kindness, thoughtfulness, etc., in time they will produce a beautiful and abundant harvest.

But what happens if we plant “seeds” of unkindness, uncaring, selfishness, adultery, sex before marriage (fornication), abuse of alcohol, pornography, etc? We’ll get a harvest alright, and it may be abundant, but instead of beautiful, it can be ugly, hurtful, destructive, isolating, and painful.

…whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

This just makes logical sense.  If I want to have a harvest of apples, I don’t plant pumpkin seeds.  If I want a harvest of apples, I plant apple seeds.

pumpkin seeds            red-cross-hi                  apple-tree-lg

apple seeds      red arrow right      apple-tree-lg

 

We learned in this post and the last that the only way a harvest (a result) comes about is from the “seeds” we plant.  But in between the planting and the harvest is the “tending”.

NOTEEveryone is tempted from time to time.  James reminds us in James 1:13 that when tempted…  That is not an if statement, but a “you can guarantee you’ll be tempted” statement.

In fact, when Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray in Luke 11:1-4, Jesus teaches them the following prayer, called the Lord’s Prayer.

Father, may your name be kept holy.
    May your Kingdom come soon.
Give us each day the food we need,
and forgive us our sins,
    as we forgive those who sin against us.
And don’t let us yield to temptation.

Notice the last line of the Lord’s PrayerAnd don’t let us yield to temptation.

Jesus obviously knew people would struggle with temptation.  In fact so much so that He included it in what is probably the most recited prayer in churches worldwide.

So I have a choice at the ”tending” point. Am I going to fuel the fire, or throw cold water on it and cool it down. Keep in mind that what you feed grows and thrives, for the good or for the bad. Choosing to cut off temptation’s “food” source will “kill” the temptation before it reaches the harvest.

Her are some examples of temptation’s “food” —

  • Lusting after a person when married to someone else
  • Watching or reading pornographic material
  • Thinking only about yourself and what will make “me” happy
  • Gossiping, bullying, drinking in excess, etc.

When I make the choice to “kill” the temptation, I’ll be able to continue along a more healthful path were I can thrive.

The Gospel writer, Matthew, warns us with this principle, If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. – Matthew 5:29

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Healthy Seeds!! —> Healthy Harvest!! – TEMPTATION [14]

In previous posts I’ve sought to answer the following questions regarding temptation.

  • What is, and is not temptation?                  –  TEMPTATION [1,2]
  • Where does temptation come from?         –  TEMPTATION [3,4]
  • Does everyone experience temptation?    –  TEMPTATION [5,6]
  • What is driving our temptations?               –  TEMPTATION [7]
  • Were any people in the Bible tempted?     –  TEMPTATION [8,9,10]
  • Who or what tempts us?                              –  TEMPTATION [11,12]
  • What can I do in a tempting situation?      –  TEMPTATION [13]

The next question I’ll look to answer is

  • WHAT IS THE HARVEST (RESULTS) OF TEMPTATION?   –  TEMPTATION [14]

You may be thinking…   Why harvest?  That’s seems like an odd word choice.

Odd, maybe?, but harvest is a word that clearly describes the result of seeds that are planted, watered, and fed.

When I think of harvest, I think of Autumn, pumpkin pie and taffy apples. But, this also reminds me that pumpkins and apples didn’t just magically appear in fields or on trees. They came from  small, hidden, seeds that were nurtured, and grew until their “fruit” could be seen.

Here are a couple of examples to illustrate —

Pumpkin_seeds pumpkin seeds, and in 3-4 months ==> 

pumpkinpatch  ===>  pumpkinpie

 

apple seeds        apple seeds, and in 4-6 years ===> 

apple-tree-lg  ===>  taffyapple

The above, are examples of seeds that were planted and well cared for.  As you can see their harvest yielded a healthy, and by the looks of it, tasty result.  A beautiful and bountiful harvest.  And from that harvest came the main ingredient to bring joy into people’s lives.  In the case of these examples, pumpkin pie and taffy apples.

We can use “seeds” as an analogy in our life and others.  We can plant “seeds” everywhere we go.  As in the examples, seeds vary in the time they take to grow into mature fruit.  But once the fruit is fully grown and harvested, it can be used in a variety of ways.

WHAT “SEEDS” CAN I PLANT IN PEOPLE’S LIVES?

  • Saying kind words to others
  • Lending a listening ear to someone who may be down and out
  • Giving someone a much-needed hug
  • Any “random act of kindness” toward others

Just like our pumpkin and apple seeds, we may not see the harvest of our planting for quite some time, if ever.  But regardless, we are encouraged to continue to tend to/care for the people God has put in our lives, whether at home, school, work, etc.  Who knows, perhaps you were placed right where you are, right now, for just such a time as this?  (my paraphrase – Esther 4:14)

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

“THAT’S ALL REALLY INTERESTING, BUT WHAT DOES ALL THIS HAVE TO DO WITH TEMPTATION????”

In this post I talked about reaping a healthy/positive harvest.  A harvest that resulted directly from the healthy/positive “seeds” I’d sown, BUT…

REMEMBER:  THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY COIN.    —   Next post coming soon 🙂

penny

 

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Cheesecake… To Eat or Not To Eat???  –  TEMPTATION [13]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-B7

Tending the “Crops”  –  TEMPTATION [15]  –  http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Cu

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