The Bible provides us with a simple process for making our lives complete. This process has nothing to do with material gain – it’s not about a bigger house, a new car, or a better job. Those things should not be your ultimate goal. The ultimate goal is far more fulfilling than any material gain. It all starts by reading and taking to heart everything you’ve learned in the Bible.
“But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:23 (NIV)
The crop you will produce from diligent Bible study is the fruit that will reveal to everyone that you are a true believer; and it will be the fruit that makes your life complete.
“By their fruit you will recognize them… every good tree bears good fruit… Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:16-20 (NIV)
This good fruit is actually what many believe they will gain from accumulating material objects. The truth is these fruits cannot be bought. We have to plant and cultivate this fruit on our own.
“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV)
Love is cultivated by loving others. Peace is cultivated by bringing peace to others. Forbearance is cultivated by being patient with others. Kindness is cultivated by being kind to others. Goodness is cultivated by being good to others. Faithfulness is cultivated by being faithful to God and others. Gentleness is cultivated by being gentle to others. Self-control is cultivated by your efforts to bring forth all of these fruits.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
God makes the equation very simple. You get what you give. You also will receive these fruits in the same proportion that you give.
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV)
If you want more all you have to do is give more.
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Careful study of the Bible will reveal that everything needed to make your life complete can be acquired through this simple process of reaping what you sow.
“Wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 (NIV)
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