Saturday, February 9, 2008

Sewing Seeds

Or why I don't....

I have become a very conservative person. Long ago and far away I was not quite so conservative in my actions. I'm not sure if I have changed my view of right and wrong, or if I have just laid so many things aside for my personal betterment. I lean toward the latter. I do not look upon one who may participate in the things that I don't as a sinner, or even less of a Christian. I have personally chosen to live a life set apart and realize not everyone has come to that same place yet.

The journey began at least 5 years ago. One day I was going about my daily business, living my life the way I did at that time. I was more carefree with the way I spoke, what I watched on TV, and the music I listened to. I don't remember exactly what I was doing at the time, but I do remember what happened next. The scripture that I had memorized as a child came to me.

"Finally, brothers, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8

It made me stop dead in my tracks. What I was doing did not fall into any of those categories. I noticed I became very aware of this litmus test. Suddenly many of the things I was doing I noticed didn't fall into any of these categories. I stopped most of them. I had a lifestyle change. The television shows changed, my language changed, and the music changed. It wasn't difficult. In fact, I found a real joy in laying them down. His yoke is easy and His burden light. Over the next few years I found myself giving up more and more. It became a natural progression and an outward sign of the heart change I was experiencing on the inside.

Was I living in gross sin? No. I was however sewing to the flesh. We are always sewing seed as we go about our lives. The question is, to what are we sewing-To the Spirit, or to the flesh? The scripture was a reminder to me, to not sew to the flesh. When I began to sew to the Spirit I saw it bear much fruit. My prayer life came alive. I was able to walk with a joy down on the inside, despite the circumstances that surround me. I know too that my choices will not go unrewarded.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. " Matt.6:19-21