|Bible Reading: Romans 11 |
“If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches.” – Romans 11:16 18 NASB Throughout their history, the Jews often have been a persecuted people. Yet the Bible is clear that God has not forgotten His people. In fact, the Jews have a central role to play in Bible prophecy and in the world today. Paul used the analogy of a tree to remind Gentiles that Jews were the foundation and root of the Christian faith. And he wanted them to understand that not all Jews have fallen away. While many Gentiles had become Christians, they were still like a wild olive tree that had been “grafted in.” The idea of being grafted in should give us perspective. No matter if we are Gentiles or Jews, we must never be arrogant about our salvation. We must not boast that we are saved, while others are not. Paul urged the Christians in Rome to remember that they were mere branches. This meant they had to be humble, on guard, and alert: “For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either” (vs. 19 21). This perspective should give us a healthy fear. Yes, we have experienced the mercy of God and know that He is good. But we must not take His mercy for granted (vs. 19 24). Today, remember that “God has not rejected His people” (vs. 1 2). Remember to pray for God’s people and the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6). Remain humble, and remember to thank God for His mercy toward you.
Bible Reading: Mark 4
“Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. For whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him.” – Mark 4:24 25 NASB
Jesus issued a strong warning, urging His listeners to pay strict attention to what He was going to say. What was so important? “By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.” He used the word that is the source of “meter.” This word indicates a portion that is measured exactly. Jesus was saying that what we receive is the result of what we ourselves have measured.
The simple fact is that we set our own standards for what we receive. If we don’t expect much, we won’t Sow much or take much action. But, if we want or expect a greater Harvest, we will take more action, Sow more seeds, and do more things.
In life, this is just common sense. A farmer cannot reap more wheat unless he determines how much he wants and then plants seeds accordingly. A gardener cannot grow more flowers unless more seeds are planted. If we want stronger muscles, we will exercise more. This same principle is true in spiritual things.
Today, consider this principle in your own life. Do not go through life passively but apply God’s principles. Sow into Good Ground with the seeds you have been given of your time, talent, and treasure. Pay attention to this in your relationships, finances, jobs, health, and every other part of your life. Remember, give and it shall be given to you, and by your actions, you are establishing the measure of the Harvest you will receive.