As I was dressing today, I found a pair of character socks in my sock draw with the inscription the "Game of Life." These socks took me back to my past as a little girl. My sisters and I spent many hours playing board games, and the one we played the most was the "Game of Life." With this game each player had a car with holes on the top to place pegs for chances in life we encountered as we traveled along the board’s road of life.
As a child playing the Game of Life was fun winning an imaginery spouse, compliant children, multiple houses including a summer home, amazing vacations, and bank accounts with six figure incomes. Playing the Game of Life as a child taking many chances for a life of plenty or a life of lack is just what it is - a game!
We live in a real world that is not one of chance, even though some may think life is a game of chance. One chance we don’t want to play with is eternal life. When asked the question, "if you die tonight, where will you spent eternity? What would be your answer be?" I asked this question to an 89 year old and she said "I don't know, I have some doubts!" I asked about her doubts, but she refused to tell me! I shared with her what Jesus did on the Cross by shedding His blood for mankind and taking all our sins on His body to redeem us from the penalty of our sins. This act of love offers salvation to whosoever will believe in Jesus and His redemption work on the Cross.
Did this 89-year old accept Jesus as her Savior? No, but the seed was planted. Friends, we aren't promised a tomorrow, and life on earth is very short, so don't play the "Game of Life" with your life. If you die tonight, where will you spend eternity? Heaven or hell? If you have doubts, you can erase those doubts by praying the sinner’s prayer below and be certain of your eternity.
What Must I Do To Be Saved? Believe in Jesus and pray the "sinner's prayer" (Romans 10:9-10):
Dear Jesus, I come to you today as a lost sinner. I am asking that you save my soul and cleanse me from all sin. I know that I need help and that I can't save myself.
I believe that you are the Son of God. Forgive me for my sins and all wrong doings I have done to others and help me to forgive those who have hurt me. I believe that you died on the Cross for my sins and the sins of the world. I accept You, Jesus, into my heart as my Lord and Savior.
I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus, as my Savior and believe in my heart that God has raised Him from the dead and You are now seated in Heaven.
You are now a "new creature in Christ and a child of God!" Now share the "good news" by telling someone else about your salvation.
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Written by Georgetta Head
"How do things grow," is a question asked of me by my grandson. Good question I thought. Now how do I answer in a way he will understand! Planting and gardening immediately came to mind! Yes, I thought, Jesus talks a lot about plants and trees in the New Testament, and in the Old Testament it is recorded that all things begin with a seed, even human life begins with a seed.
As we began our journey discovering "how things grow" we made our first stop in Genesis 1:12 "And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good." We learned all grass and vegetation is reproduced from itself by a tiny seed. His reply "that is so cool!"
As we continued our journey of discovery in the first 3 chapters of the Book of Genesis, it is recorded that all animal life, fowls of the air, and sea life creatures in verses 20-25 were initially created by God. He then blessed them to multiply and to procreate with seed of their own kind.
God then creates human beings in His image. He blessed them to multiply by replenishing the earth with seed of their kind. God tells humans: "....Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” (Genesis 1:29 KJV). My grandson was fascinated with these facts learning that all physical life (what we see) grows from a tiny seed, and that God is the Creator of all life.
However, through our research we also learned there are spiritual seeds that when planted can produce a harvest. In Luke 6:43-45 we have Jesus speaking of man as being like a tree, producing from their heart either good fruit or bad fruit. What does this mean? Let's look at Proverbs 18:21 for a clue: "Death and life are in the power of the tongue: And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof." Here we learn that every word we speak into the atmosphere are living seeds proceeding from our hearts. These seeds have power to produce life (good fruit) or death (bad fruit) into the lives of others and self. Jesus says in Matthew 7:15-20 "every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then, you will know them by their fruits.” What are the spiritual actions of a tree producing good vs. bad fruit?
A good tree produces: Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." This list is one of a transformed man's heart producing "good fruit" for the kingdom of God, which is fruit that will remain.
A bad tree produces: Galatians 5:19-21 (ESV) "Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." This is a list of bad seeds being produced from a man's heart. And, Matthew 7:16 reveals to the reader that they can easily recognize a person's intent and motives of their heart by the fruit they bear through their actions.
As my grandson and I concluded our research, we learned everything is reproduced by a seed, that our tongue is powerful, and all have a purpose.
Our purpose is to produce "life" with "good fruit" that will remain into eternity. We should speak life and not death to others. Words of life spoken to others are encouraging and healing to their spirit man, whereas negative speaking or lying to others will wound their soul.
How does one continue to produce good fruit? John 15:1-27 (ESV) is our answer “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” Friends, cling to Jesus and allow Him to transform you into a tree that produces “good fruit” that will remain.
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