CONSIDER THE PEA

 What will happen if I plant a pea?  Well, of course, it will grow and produce a crop of peas. Why?
A pea contains within itself the roots, the vine, the flower, the pod: all in embryo.
When a pea is planted, it will produce just that and nothing else.

So what lesson can we as Christians, learn from the pea?

From conception,
everything we will grow to be,
is already within us, in embryo.

Everything we do in life will stem from the nature within us,
that is,
from the sinful nature inherited from Adam.
There is nothing in us to do otherwise.
Just as the planted pea can only produce peas,
so our sinful nature can only produce
sinful thoughts, attitudes and deeds.

However, when we become a child of God, through the Lord Jesus Christ,
we are ‘born again’ becoming a “new creation”
and we are given a new, spiritual nature.

We still have our old, sinful nature,
which still rears its ugly head at every opportunity,

but when we “reckon ourselves to be dead unto sin”
and allow Christ His rightful place on the throne of our lives,
the old nature is rendered powerless.

BOTH natures reside in us, and because of this,
everything we do
will either produce the sweet flowers of Christlikeness,
or the poison fruits of the old sinful nature.
No other possibility exists.

If we were to detail the thoughts, attitudes and actions of our day,
I wonder which column would be longer?

How many times did our old sinful nature dictate and produce its poison fruits?

How many times did we allow our new nature to produce the sweet flowers of Christlikeness?

How many times did we do neither?  NONE!
Everything comes from one nature or the other.

Mr Anon says:

#  The biggest problem with me is “I”

Sin cannot be reduced to manageable proportions

#  No sin is to be regarded as small, because the God who forbids all sin is so great.
 

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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6 Responses to CONSIDER THE PEA

  1. writinggomer says:

    Amen! Thanks for a thoughtful post. :)

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  2. Heather says:

    Thank you for the reminder of a “duality” of natures in the believer. Sometimes I forget that the battle is not over for me until I see the Lord face to face. And that is precisely when I fall to temptation. The illustration you chose offers an especially vivid contrast between being “driven” by a cruel master and being rescued by the One who wants what is best for us.

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    • “A vivid contrast” – yes, it surely is! One seeks to destroy while our loving Father God only wants what is the very best for us and seeks to bring us to perfection.
      May you know the Lord’s guidance in a real way today.

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  3. Debbie says:

    Another great analogy, Mentor Angela! :) It can be hard for people to accept that it is just the way it is, with that old sin nature. Because I bottomed out, it was pretty easy to see! I had tried everything else, and so reached for Jesus. What joy to see something sweet come out of my life because of Jesus in me! God bless you and all that He is doing in you, for His glory!

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    • Amen Debbie. Those of us who know what the world is really like, through experience, tend to appreciate the blessings of a spiritual life more. Yes, not only did He give us His righteousness in exchange for our sin (2 Cor 5:21) but He also gives us beauty for ashes. The beauty He gave you shines forth from your pages.

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