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?
everything we will grow to be,
is already within us, in embryo.
Everything we do in life will stem from the nature within us,
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.