Why Things Happen

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Planing Seeds

It seems Jesus had a default approach to dealing with people. Call it involvement and engagement. Call it responsibility and initiative. Call it empowerment. Whatever it was, the way Jesus dealt with people was always to get them to join in.

Why would a person with all authority, omnipotence, and omniscience go around telling people “It takes your faith” or “I will if you believe” Why would he ask, “What do you want?” Why would he say, “You won’t receive unless you ask”? Couldn’t he make things happened regardless?

We certainly do have illustrations of things just happening in nature. I have three apple trees in my backyard that I can receive from year after year. All I have to do is wait for the proper season. It seems that is the exception though. God’s standard design is the combination of the miraculous springing from initiative. Like a harvest coming from planting. Something is sown—whether a seed, a talent, or a word—and something is reaped.

If the solution to the problem hasn’t surfaced, perhaps it is because you haven’t joined him in the process. If the opportunity hasn’t presented itself, perhaps it’s because you haven’t knocked. If the response hasn’t come, perhaps you haven’t asked. Things happen because people join in the miraculous.

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Spurgeon Quote: Labor Is Not Despised

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Charles Spurgeon:

The reaping time will come. Our chief business is to glorify God by teaching the truth whether souls are saved or not; but still I demur to the statement that we may go on preaching the gospel for years and years, and even all our lifetime, and yet no result may follow.

They say, “Paul may plant and Apollos may water, but God giveth the increase.” I should like them to find that passage in the Bible. In my English Bible it runs thus: “I (Paul) have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.”

There is not the slightest intent to teach us that when Paul planted and Apollos watered, God would arbitrarily refuse the increase. All the glory is claimed for the Lord, but honest labour is not despised.

I do not say that there is the same relation between teaching the truth and conversion as there is between cause and effect, so that they are invariably connected; but I will maintain that it is the rule of the kingdom that they should be connected, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

via Spurgeon on Whether God Requires Faithfulness or Fruitfulness : What’s Best Next.