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 
- 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 
The next question I’ll look to answer is…
- WHAT IS THE HARVEST (RESULTS) OF TEMPTATION? – TEMPTATION 
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, and in 3-4 months ==>
apple seeds, and in 4-6 years ===>
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 🙂
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** FOR MORE ON TEMPTATION SEE MY OTHER POSTS BELOW **
Cheesecake… To Eat or Not To Eat??? – TEMPTATION  – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-B7
Tending the “Crops” – TEMPTATION  – http://wp.me/p5nZpi-Cu
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