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God’s Field

clip_image0041 Corinthians 3:9 We are coworkers belonging to God. You are God’s field…”

The picture on your left is of a healthy fruit tree after being planted in good soil, given a proper amount of water, and sufficient sunlight. Such a tree blesses all those who come to take from its limbs and enjoy the nourishment that it has produced. The second picture is a fruit tree that has not been properly cared for and is deficient in proper nutrients; as aclip_image002 result it is sickly and cannot produce good fruit.

Some today look at the church scene and feel that it is better not to make a judgment, as if the church were not the instrument by which Christ will build them up in the faith, or not build them up at all, or tear them down. Judging motives behind the decisions that church leader’s make is strictly forbidden by scripture, however, to be careless about the place we choose to worship also goes contrary to Jesus’ instruction to beware of false prophets. In some churches the teachers need not be considered false prophets but neither are they the instruments for healthy spiritual growth; for this reason spiritual teachers will receive greater judgment (James 3 and 1 Corinthians 3).

We should love everyone, the Jehovah’s Witnesses that come to the door, Catholics totally oblivious to what their church teaches, etc. Equally we should love the church and respect the impact that it has on our spiritual life; a healthy church can take the seed that Christ planted in our hearts at salvation and grow it into a fruit that can bless all those who come into our lives, or it can cause us to shrivel up so that others will not even know that we belong to Christ.

About GI

I write a blog called Godly Increase to help people understand that life is not at all what it seems. The masses live as though there is no God, but apart from Him nothing else could exist. God not only created but also sustains our world, so that all what seems to be governed by the laws of physics are themselves controlled by the divine person who wrote a book to explain the meaning of life. The book is the Bible and it is the only source of truth on the planet. Within God's book secondary causes are articulated, but God is the primary cause of all things. Some may plant, others may water, but it is God that causes the growth.

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