Benjamin Franklin learned that sowing plaster (lime) in their wheat fields would increase the crops. He told his neighbours, but they argued, saying that plaster could be of no use to grass or grain.
Franklin let the matter drop, but next spring, when the grain was sown, close to the path where men walked past, he traced letters into the soil and sprinkled plaster in them.
After a few weeks, the men were surprised to see, as they walked by, some of the wheat was brighter green and standing taller than the rest. As they looked, they were able to see the green wheat formed the words “THIS HAS BEEN PLASTERED”.
Benjamin Franklin no longer needed to argue the benefits of plaster, for as the season progressed, the result was obvious.
The connection with Christmas?
At Christmas time, we remember that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, Creator of the world, the King of kings and Lord of lords, was born as a Babe, taking on human flesh for a purpose. HE WAS BORN TO DIE.
Why? Because a PERFECT sacrifice was the ONLY way that mankind could be reconciled with a perfect God. NO human being could meet that requirement, since ALL are born with a sinful nature, with a bias towards sin and are sinners by nature and by practice. So the PERFECT Son of God was born into a world of darkness. He lived a SINLESS life and so was able to pay the penalty for the sin of mankind.
His light shone forth. He was a Man as no other man. His Light and authority were OBVIOUS as He brought light to many, healing the incurably sick, casting out demons, raising the dead and performing many miracles. He showed His authority over His own creation as He commanded the storm, the winds and the waves, as He walked on water, and as He feed thousands with a boy’s lunch.
Jesus finished the work of redemption He came to do. His perfect sacrifice was accepted by God, as evidenced by His resurrection. After that He appeared to many, including more than 500 at one time – (as secular writings still in existence today verify).
His divinity was obvious, just as Benjamin Franklin’s plastered wheat was obvious to those who would see.
The connection with Christians?
Benjamin Franklin let the ‘fruit’ of his belief speak for itself. He didn’t need to argue the case, because the result spoke for itself.
Bearing fruit is essential to Christian discipleship. When our lives stand out over the rest and stand brighter and fresher than the rest, there will be no need to argue the cause. The world will see EVIDENCE of the indwelling Christ. HE will be exalted and He will draw them to Himself.
Other people saw the RESULTS of Benjamin Franklin’s plastering his wheat.
Do other people SEE the RESULTS of Christianity in us?
We are commanded –
Let your light so shine before men
that they will SEE your good fruit and will glorify your Father in heaven
By their fruits you will know them
Being a witness is not a choice.
We ARE a witness.
What sort of message does my witness portray to others?
Mr Anon says:
# People look at me six days a week to see what I mean on the seventh.
# A good example is worth a thousand words.
“We love You, Lord Jesus” we often may say,
But are we so ready His will to obey?
Let’s heed what God’s Spirit would have us to DO
For THAT is how we show Him a love that is true!
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(Anonymous-below) that was me….sorry.
Thanks. Sorry for the delay in responding, but I’m only just back after 3 months in hospital.
Quality time with the Lord? No time spent with Him is ever wasted!
What a great way to tie the story together! Always love your insight! I can tell you spend quality time with the Lord! P.S. Happy new year! :)
I didn’t get to read this before today and I’m glad I did! This was wonderful, Cloudwatcher! Thank you for reminding why we need to keep shining our Light for the Gospel!
I believe the greatest need in the world today is for Christians to show forth a true image of Christ, so people we encounter will see Him uplifted, and He will draw them to Himself. Time is running out.
Happy New Year!
This is a beautiful lesson on discipleship, Angela! You shared powerful truths! Our actions certainly speak louder than our words! What exactly are my actions saying, is something that I need to think about daily! There is something on the inside, that is working on the outside, that brings about a change in me; in the way that I walk, and in the way that I talk, in the way that I live my life daily! It is not I, but it is the Christ, the spirit of the Living God, which dwells inside of me which enables me to live a fruit bearing life! Thank you so much for this lesson, Angela! May the Lord bless you!
Isn’t it amazing that Christ lives in us and lives through us to reach others? May we always be faithful to His leading and follow His ways.
Happy CHRISTmas to you and yours.
Thank you sister Angela for this very timely and important truth!! Praying daily for the Body of Christ to out shine the darkness…
Be blessed and have a joyous Christmas!
Thank you Stephanie. We have no excuse if we fail to shine forth. He never fails. May we be constantly looking to Him for opportunities and always open to His leading.
I wish you and your a very happy, holy and safe Christmas.
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
Father in heaven. Will thou help me to live my life that people will see thee through me? Lord, help me be an effective servant. One that is not self righteous, but one who recognize that my actions speak louder than my words. Father, I beseech thee for divine guidance that I may walk the walk and talk the talk.
Thanks so much Angela for sharing this terrific post. It touches my soul, and I am grateful.
Thanks for your input Noel.
Walking the walk according to God’s standards is not something we can do of ourselves, but praise God, when He resides within us and is givern control, HE shines forth. Jesus is lifted high and HE will draw people to Himself. May every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God show forth His light in their every attitude, word and action.
We serve an amazing God who delights to work through His children.
There is no greater testimony than a life lived for Jesus. Thanks Angela! I see you got a pic loaded.
Hi J. I agree – a testimony of Christ living in and through a life cannot be denied.
Re the posting – yes and no. I still can’t add media. I do everything the right way, but always get the ‘http error’ both uploading from edia files or computer. Apparently others have the same problem. My HUGE thanks got to Lyn Leahz who uploaded the pic for me and helped in other ways too.
Thanks Angela for the clear explanation of what Christmas is all about. Also thank you so much for the reminder of the importance of bearing fruit on the part of the Christian. May He grace each one of us with fruitfulness during this holiday season. By His grace, we will stand as lights for Jesus in the midst of this sin darkened world. Lord bless.
(so glad you got WP pictures to work correctly!)
Hi Rob. I thought Ben Franklin’s plastered wheat was a great example for us. He no longer needed to argue the cause, and neither should we if Jesus is in control of the life. His life within should shine out and be proof enough.
As I explained to Jelillie above, the problem with wordpress media isn’t fixed. Lyn Leahz uploaded the pic for me and I really appreciate her help. I’m trying to ‘catch up’ with comments and probably won’t have time to post again before we go away for about a week over Christmas.
Enjoy your time off, I will be taking some time off myself. Sure am thankful I can schedule postings ahead of time. Lord willing, He will allow a post ot go out everyday on SIH even though I won’t be on the computer for a bit. Lord bless you my friend. Enjoy your time away.
Thank you, mentor Angela, for talking to us about Christian discipleship and bearing fruit .. . how He will be seen indwelling us and by what we do . .. .more than by what we say.. God bless you as others are drawn to Him by your witness and faith. Praying your Christmas is blessed!
Thanks Deb. I think of one of my favourite quotes by Mr Anon: “If there is no fruit in my life, there is no reason for my existence” So true, isn’t it? We can ALL bear fruit, no matter where we are or under what circumstances – and if we don’t, we are useless to the cause of Christ. May He gather in much fruit over this Christmas season as we are given so many open opportunities to show forth His light and love.
God bless you Sister!
You always lift up the name of Jesus so well.
God bless you and yours this Christmas season, and always.
His Name is above all names and so worthy to be exalted.
May we have many open opportunities to share His light and love this Christmas season.
What canone except “Amen” to thT lovely post. I pray canstantlynthat my life will reflect Jesus and that others will see that i am different. I trust that you will have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed 2013. Thank you for sharing with us in the land of the world wide web.
Forgot to re-read. What can anyone say except
And “amen” to your comment, Jennifer, that our lives will ALWAYS reflect Jesus and His light and love to others.
We serve an amazing God whose desire is to work in us and through us to reach others.
Let the Light shine out of each one. Thank God for his son, who redeems and changes us from the inside out! He is truly amazing.
Yes, He is amazing and the change He brings to our lives is also amazing. May our light so shine that others will see His light in us and be drawn to Him!