A Glory Seed Devotional
I received a new camera for my birthday. It’s not the best camera ever made but it’s the best camera I’ve ever had and I am already enjoying my hobby of photography. As the future unfolds and I get the opportunity you’ll see some of the images, my camera captures in the Glory Seed Devotionals yet to come.
As important as the images my Nikon S4200 captures are the images my spirit captures are far more important. The same holds true for each and every one of us the images we see in our spirits are far more important than what we see with our eyes. The following excerpt from my book “Conversations with Crusty T. Christian” illustrates what I mean. (Please forgive me because of its length.)
“Whoa,” Crusty commented. “Thank God I’m not like that poor slob! When God gets a hold of him, is he ever in trouble!” As I sat watching the man rummage through the trash I thought about how many times I’ve rummaged through life looking for something to fill the emptiness in my spirit. “I can’t believe you said that, Crusty! I thought you were a Christian.”
“You remember the parable of the talents?” he replied. “I sure do.”
“Well that guy wasted the blessings God gave him, and now look at him! Serves him right,” Crusty said, with a sound of triumph. “What did you do before you found Jesus?” I asked him. “I didn’t find Jesus, Jesus found me. Praise God I’m not like that heathen!”
Crusty reminded me of the Pharisee that prayed, “Thank God I’m not like that sinner over there.” I looked Crusty in the eyes and silently prayed that somehow God might find a way of breaking Crusty’s hardened outer crust of his spirit. Little did I know my meeting Crusty, the day before was not by chance but by divine design.
“Yup! When God gets through with that guy out there come judgment day I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes,” Crusty replied, shaking his head. “I think we’ll all be in for a surprise come judgment day, Crusty,” I answered back, “a real big surprise.”
“What do you mean by that?” Crusty said, sounding a little irritated. “Do you know what’s in the man’s heart?” I asked. “No, do you?” “I sure don’t,” I replied. “But, this I do know each one of us is searching in life for something that will feed our souls. Because some of us trashed our lives we're like that man rummaging through the trash looking for something we’ve thrown away.”
I noticed the expression changing on his face. “My life was sure trashed before I met Jesus,” he answered. “You mean in a way that’s me out there?” Looking him in the eyes I replied, “I’m only saying be careful in how you judge people, you don’t know what’s in their hearts. Perhaps that man has squandered away a fortune, but on the other hand, maybe he’s just down on his luck. Or maybe, just maybe, Jesus is testing us to see how devoted Christians we are.”
“Wow!” Crusty exclaimed, “I sure have a lot to learn. You sure seem to know everything about being a Christian. Do you think we could meet again so you could help me become a better believer?” Putting my soda down, “Crusty, we can meet as often as you’d like to but let’s get one thing straight. I am not a know-it-all when it comes to being a Christian while I may have more experience than you we are still beginners and we can learn from each other. Are you okay with that?” “That works for me,” he replied, “but if you don’t mind I need to be going can we meet again same time tomorrow?”
It is the Spirit that helps our spirit focus on “God things.”
Grace and PEACE!
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”
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