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Dearly beloved in Christ,

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Hope and pray that everyone is doing well and staying safe.

We have come to the 9th month of this year. September is an important month for many of us, as it is a month of harvest. Many of our homes have good vegetables that have been grown and cared for, and to see the fruit of the labor is quite significant throughout this month. This time I remember the parable of the sower. In Mat. 13:8 we can read “still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” In this parable we can see that the farmer was sowing the seeds and they fell down on different types of soil. The seeds be sowed were well prepared for sowing. All the seeds were taken from the same basket. But all seeds could not bring forth fruit. The problem was that the soil was of different types. Some seeds fell along the path, some fell on the rocky ground, some fell on the thorny ground, some fell on good soil.All these types of soil are representing the human hearts. Also seed represent the word of God. The sower is sowing but what about the seeds fell on our hearts.? In this parable it is quite clear that the seeds were not the cause for fruitlessness but of the soil. Even if the preachers are devoted and dedicated and the word of God is absolutely blameless, yet it can’t produce fruits in first three types of soils. So it is essential to take place some changes in to our hearts. Our hearts should be receptive to the word of God. Since we are human beings, we can submit ourself to the Holy Spirit and can be ready for some change. Otherwise, we will be guilty before our Lord. In the parable the field can’t change itself, but in reality, we can if we will. So such change should take place in our personal lives and it will cause for the reformation of the Church.

How far we are willing to be changed like the good soil? Can we submit ourselves to the will of Lord Jesus Christ? Let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts. Let’s meditate on the word of God regularly.If we do so, of course the Church will get reformed.

Many of our young ones and youths are returning to schools. It is a season filled with mixed reactions, some may be exited and some not so much. But nevertheless, let us remind ourselves that as we grow in wisdom through academics, let us prayerfully understand how God blessed us through the talents we are sharpening for Him.

 

Wishing all of you a blessed future.

With love and prayer.

Rev. T.K. John




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