SEED AND HARVEST TIME

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
We live in a world of changes, that the several events of time, and conditions of human life, are vastly different from one another, and yet occur promiscuously, and we are continually passing and re-passing between them, as in the revolutions of every day and every year. That every change concerning us, with the time and season of it, is unalterable fixed and determined by a supreme power and we must take things as they come, for it is not in our power to change what is appointed for us. The day will give place to the night and the night again to the day. Is it summer? It will be winter. Is it winter? Stay a while, and it will be summer. Every purpose has its time. The clearest sky will be clouded, joy succeeds sorrow. The sun will burst from behind the cloud, very hour of each is fixed, and can neither be anticipated nor adjourned a moment. There is a time to be born and a time to die. A time for God to plant a nation and time to pluck. There is a time for men to plant, a time of the year, a time of their lives but, when that which was planted has grown fruitless and useless, it is time to pluck it up.
The formation of a seed is part of the process of reproduction. Seeds have been an important development in reproduction process. Seed means anything that can be sown. E.g. Time, Money, Potatoes, Maize etc.
Within the seed, there usually is a store of nutrients for the seedling that will grow. The stored nutrition varies depending on the kind of plant.
Seed are very diverse in size.
Seed serve several functions;
For reproduction.
For multiplication
Dispersal to a new location.
Dormancy during unfavorable condition.
Seed are used to propagate.
Seed are source of medicine
The book of Genesis in the old testament begins with an explanation of how all plants forms began (See Genesis 1:11-12).
As a Christian, What kind of seed are you?
What are you reproducing?
Are you planting according to the Master’s wish?
Are you holding a viable seed?
Do you plant according to time And season?
Are you putting your seed to use?
What are you planting into the kingdom?
See 1Cor 3:6
To every plant, there must be harvest, if you plant (invest) your time into the kingdom, you harvest heaven on earth.
Plant your money into the kingdom and increase on every side.
Whatever you plant, God is ever ready to bless and gives you back in hundred fold but watch what you’re planting.
Are you planting grudgingly or joyfully in your heart?
Do you have a fine seed?
Do you have a viable seed?
Consult your creator to give you insight about where to plant it.
Look for better soil to plant your seed so as to avoid labour loss.
Steps to plant (invest) your seed
Prepare your land/soil (God given potential or skill/ talent)
Harrow/ Till – tilling makes your soil good in order to receive your seed.
Plow your soil well
Plant your seed/ invest your seed
Continuously water it
Dress it and make it fine
Allow the seed to grow and produce fruit.
HARVEST Revelation 14:15
Harvesting means the process of gathering a ripe crop from the field. Also it means activity of reaping, gathering, and storing of the harvest.
By a harvest, an emblem that sometimes signifies the cutting down of the wicked, when ripe for ruin, by the judgments of God, and sometimes the gathering in of the righteous, when ripe for heaven, by the mercy of God.
From that verse we observe that;
The Lord of the harvest is Jesus Christ with His holy angels.
The harvest work, the sickle which is the instrument of harvest is the sword of God’s justice, the field is the world, reaping is cutting the inhabitants of earth down and carrying them off.
The harvest time, when the measure of sin of men is filled up, and they are ripe for destruction. Christ will thrust in His sickle, and the earth shall be reaped.
This is the time for you to check what you’ve planted/planting (good/bad) . Are you bearing fruit for the kingdom? Where do you invest your time, money, ability or even talents or skills. God is beckoning unto you to come back.
He will surely ask you to account for the seed given to you, you can repent now and begin to make known the joy of the world i e. Jesus Christ. Harvesting of the earth is at hand, no matter what you sow, harvest awaits you.
Check your ways before God and you shall be blessed.
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Power of time

THE POWER OF TIME


Time has it own power. Time cannot be stopped but human can control it. Time is not a respecter of person. A new year is an opportunity to refine your purpose, to establish your worth while goal, to bury the past and move into new things. Time is a blessing and curse depending on how you use it.
Time is life, when you die, your time stop. Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. Time is our most precious resources. It is perishable and cannot be redeemed. It is the most precious asset given to mankind.
Every human has 24hours each day, which is equivalent of 1440 minutes and 86400 seconds, each second tick and amount to minute, likewise minutes accumulates to hour, hours metamorphose to a day, days rolled into week, weeks account for month , compilation of months forms the year. Invest your time wisely to path your way into greatness.
Time is the currency of life, any body that waste times is wasting life. Destinies are mold with respect to time. Also don’t sleep away all your life, if you sleep 8hours per day, by the time you’re 70years old, one third (1/3) of your life has been invested to sleeping. Be wise with your time.
Time is also a seed, whatever you invest it on, the harvest will come in due season.
Jesus Christ use His own time to save the world from sin and damnation and reconcile man back to Creator.
What are you doing with yours?
Nelson Mandela use his time to serve humanity and deliver his people from oppressor.
What are you investing your time on?
Time is like electricity, it is the same everywhere but it serve different purpose which cut across the whole universe. Wherever you find yourself, manage your time well.
Invest your time to a profitable cause. Guard you time jealously, under heaven, there is time for everything.
Life purpose, vision and dreams are achieved with time.
Generally, time is the dimension in which events can be ordered from the past through the present into the future.
Duration of events are measured with time. According to Merriam Webster, time means measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues. Or a moment, hour, day or year as indicated by a clock or calendar. Exercise conscious control of time spent on specific activities.
You can manage your time to reap the following benefits
 It helps you achieve what you want, and faster.
 It helps you get more, done but in less time.
 You avoid friction and problems while you waste less time.
 You clear your schedule.
 You focus more and procrastinate less.
 You avoid unwanted stress.
To manage you time wisely, use the following parameters;
 Set your goals
I.e one year goals
5 years goals
10 years goals
Lifetime goals
 Keep your goal to yourself
Powerful people discuss result.
 Make decisions
Stop procrastinating which is known as the thief of time.
 Prioritize and organize
Classify what is urgent and what is important.
Follow this little rule and save yourself more time to accomplish greater values.


See you at the top.
Remain blessed.
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Discipleship



      PRINCIPLES OF DISCIPLESHIP

  The heart of spiritual movements is multiple generations of disciples. This means introducing others to faith in Jesus, discipling them, then teaching them to do the same, producing a chain of excited disciples for Jesus. This is a challenge to many churches today because the members do little personal discipleship – particularly the kind that develops people who totally surrender their lives to Christ.

We can draw this principles from the life of Christ. In this age of mega-programs, we should remember Christ’s method was simply to develop a few good men who would take His message and teach it to others who would then teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). This study summarizes the observations made in The Master Plan of Evangelism.

1. The Principle of Selecting
Jesus focused much of His efforts on a few key men. He also reached out to the multitudes He loved and for whom He came to die. But the multitudes were concerned largely with being fed and seeing His miracles. They quickly left Him when they heard the true cost of discipleship. Jesus could have gathered a great following by focusing on the concerns of the masses rather than taking the time to train a few key men. But then He would have had no leaders after His crucifixion. Jesus’ priority was to build His life into a few good men. These men were not great by the world’s standards, but they did have a heart to learn and a willingness to obey. They would carry on and expand Christ’s kingdom after He was gone. This same priority of training leaders needs to be addressed today. We may have great programs, but discipleship usually falls on the shoulders of a very few. We need to greatly increase the number of lay leaders capable of discipling others.

2. The Principle of Being Together
Jesus poured His life into His key disciples. His method of training was to have His disciples spend time with Him. For three years, they were with Him continually. As the end of His life approached, He spent more time with them alone. Even when He was ministering to the multitudes, His disciples were there observing and learning. Jesus told His disciples, “You also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning” (John 15:27). Discipleship is much like fatherhood. The only way a father can properly raise his children is to spend time with them. Churches today suffer from the lack of personal discipleship of both new and old believers because few members have gone through the process themselves and know how to disciple others. This problem lies at the root of mediocre churches today. (Note: It is difficult to spend this kind of time with your disciples in this modern age. They cannot follow you around like the disciples followed Jesus, but they can spend time daily with Jesus by studying His Word and applying it to their lives. And it is important that they see the gospel truths working in your life.)

3. The Principle of Commitment
Jesus made the cost of discipleship quite clear from the beginning. “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). At one point, He told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). He wanted no half-hearted commitment. Just as Christ was faithful to do the will of His Father, so His disciples were expected to be faithful to do His will. “If you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15). Many followers could not accept those terms and turned away. Interestingly, Jesus did not run after them. He focused on building leaders and knew the effort would be futile with people unwilling to be totally committed to Him.

4. The Principle of the Spirit-filled Life
Jesus’ life was a life of giving – giving away what the Father had given Him. He held nothing back, not even His own life. This was the work of the Holy Spirit in His life, and His disciples needed the same work of the Spirit in their lives. They could not “do greater things than these” (John 14:12) in their own power. Therefore, it was important that they were continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus promised, “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth” (John 14:16). The Spirit would guide them into all truth, show them things to come, teach them all things, and help them pray. This is the source of power for the Christian life today as well, and it is only available as we totally yield our lives to the Lordship of Christ. This power is not available to those who sit on the sidelines or prefer to walk in darkness.

5. The Principle of Demonstrating the Needed Skills
Jesus is the ultimate teacher, and His classroom was His life. His disciples learned His truths by watching Him live them out daily. They learned to pray by watching Him pray. They learned the importance of Scripture by watching Him use it in His messages and apply it to people and their circumstances. They learned to share the gospel with others by watching Jesus. His life was an ongoing demonstration of the truths He wanted them to learn. In a similar way, we need to live out spiritual truths in the presence of our disciples.
Demonstration is a very powerful form of teaching. In fact, our teaching will be useless if we do not demonstrate it in our own lives.

6. The Principle of Delegating Responsibility to Others
It was not enough for Jesus to merely serve as an example of how to live. His whole purpose of choosing and training the disciples was to prepare them to take over the ministry once He was gone. But delegating responsibility to them was a process. For the first year, the disciples did little more than follow Him and observe. Then there came a time for them to begin practicing what they had learned. As He sent out the His disciples, Jesus gave them clear instructions. They were to preach that the kingdom of heaven was near and to heal the sick. They were to go only to the Jews and trust God to meet their needs. They were also specifically instructed to find someone in town who was worthy and stay with him. This person would be the one who would continue the discipleship process after Jesus’ disciples had left. This is another example of the human chain of disciples Jesus wanted to establish. This delegation of tasks became more specific as the time of Jesus’ departure grew closer, and finally concluded with the Great Commission just before His ascension. Delegation and modeling need to go hand-in-hand. You cannot expect people to disciple others well if they have not observed the process themselves.


7. The Principle of Supervision
Jesus continually reviewed the progress of His disciples. He sent them out on their own and reviewed the results when they returned. He took advantage of both their failings and their successes to teach them more about the kingdom of God. For example, when the seventy-two disciples returned with glowing reports of their success, Jesus used the occasion to caution them against pride in their accomplishments. He pointed out that they should not rejoice over their success, but rejoice that their names were written in heaven. When the disciples could not cast out the demon from the boy, Jesus explained that they needed more prayer and fasting. He taught them patience when others cast out demons in His name and when the Samaritan town did not receive Him. He would not let them rest in success or in failure. No matter what they did, He had more for them to do and to learn. His plan of teaching by example, assignment, and constant check-up was meant to bring out the best in them. Today, we often take a disciple through a training manual, and then expect him to continue applying the lessons on his own. That is not discipleship. Discipleship is spending time with a person, teaching and helping him until he is spiritually mature and able to carry on alone.

8. The Principle of Reproduction
Jesus counted on a few men to carry on the task of taking the gospel to the world. He poured His life into them, and He promised to send them the Holy Spirit to give them power. The story of the vine and the branches illustrates the importance of being fruitful (John 15:1-17). Any branch that lives on the vine has to produce in order to survive. Any vine that does not bear fruit is to be cut off, and any vine that does bear fruit is pruned so that it will bear more fruit. Producing fruit is a vine’s purpose. An unfruitful Christian is a contradiction. So what does it take to become a reproducing Christian? It takes a person totally surrendered to the Lordship of Christ, who shares His vision for the world, and who is committed to teaching others who will go on to teach others. In His Great Commission, Jesus did not say to go and make believers. He said to go and make disciples. We have only succeeded when these disciples reproduce themselves.

The time has come to apply what you have learned. What is your plan? It is not enough to know what to do. We must live it out as well. The methods may vary, and we may have to change some priorities we hold dear. But Jesus’ life and His example should convince us that finding and training men who will reach other men must be a priority. We should also realize that this does not happen by accident. Here are a few simple principles we can keep in mind from what we have learned:

1. Begin with a few. Remember, the goal is multiplication. Like begets like, so you need to emphasize quality over quantity as your final product. If the right quality is there, it will reproduce itself.
2. Be together. Our disciples need to observe our lives if they are to learn from us what they are to become.
3. Give them time. A plan like this is going to take time. Find creative ways to spend time together. It does not always have to be in obvious spiritual pursuits. The daily activities of life offer many opportunities.
4. Have group meetings. This is both practical and valuable as we learn from one another.
5. Expect something from them. We need to be very creative and consider the gifts and maturity of each person. Everyone should not be expected to do the same thing or grow in the same way. But each person should be encouraged to be doing something in bearing fruit and building up the kingdom of God.

6. Keep them going. The focus is to help them continue growing in grace and knowledge. We need to be patient because their growth may be slow with numerous setbacks.
7. Help them carry their burdens. We must anticipate their problems and prepare them for what they will face. This can be very difficult and requires constant thought and prayer. We cannot assume, at least at the early stages, that they can handle everything that comes along.
8. Let them carry on. Everything should be leading these chosen people to the day when they will continue a ministry to others on their own. As this happens, they should understand the process of discipleship they have experienced and see the goal of reproducing it in the lives of others.
9. Help them have a true spiritual experience. The final measure will be the spiritual commitment of these people to Christ. If they have grown to love God with all their hearts and to follow Christ wherever He leads, then everything else will follow. If they have not reached this point, those after them will have nothing to follow.
10. Realize the price of victory is often high. This high standard of expectation is costly, but anything less is worthless. Some will perhaps drop away, but disciples must be taught to seek first the kingdom of God.

Introduction

I will like to write later on the topic discipleship training  and i want you people to hook up as this will unfold in later times and get yourself to follow the master the way it supposed to be followed and not by our waywardness that we now practice in the churches today because the church has neglect her mandate, churches now  chase

money and fame. May God saves us from this damnation and from the satanic strategy to pull crowd to hell.

Regards

see you there

Atanda Oluyemi