Summary: 7 of 10 of the series, Supernatural Transformation. Jesus was Pure in heart largely due to the fact that He guarded His heart. Our mind is like a greenhouse - what is planted there will grow - what are seeds are being sown in your mind?
THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT
Read at beginning of service:
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Galatians 6:7-8 (NIV)
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
What if I owned a greenhouse that had been given to me by my father? He used state of the art equipment to create the ideal structure for growth. The atmosphere is perfect. The lighting exact. The temperature is suited for flowers, fruit, or anything I want, and what I want is flowers and fruit.
I ask you to join me as I collect some seeds to plant. You’ve always thought I was a bit crazy, but what I do next removes all doubt. You watch me walk into a field and strip seeds off of weeds. Crab grass seeds, dandelion seeds, grass burr seeds. I fill a bag with a variety of weed seeds and return to the greenhouse.
You can’t believe what you’ve just seen. "I thought you wanted a greenhouse full of flowers and fruit."
Then don’t you think you ought to plant flower seeds and fruit seeds?"
"Do you have any idea how much those seeds cost? Besides, you have to drive all the way to the garden center to get them. No thanks, I’m taking the cheap and easy route."You walk away mumbling something about one brick short of a load. (Just Like Jesus, by Max Lucado, p. 115-116)Everyone knows that you harvest what you sow. If you plant corn you’ll harvest corn. If you plant wheat, you’ll harvest wheat. If you plant a quarter, you’ll harvest a…wait a minute here! We only wish that was true! It’s funny though, what we know when we develop land, we tend to forget when we cultivate our hearts.
As we continue on with this series on supernatural transformation its important to realize that there is what I like to call a "greenhouse effect" happening to the heart.
the greenhouse effect
Your heart is like a greenhouse. There are many similarities between the greenhouse I described to you and each one of our hearts. It is a gift from your Father. It has everything necessary for growth. But your heart, like a greenhouse, needs to be managed correctly.
The thoughts that enter our greenhouse are like seed. Some produce fruit or flowers, others produce weeds. Sow seeds of hope and be encouraged. Sow seeds of doubt and be discouraged. We see this worked out in real life wherever we look. Some people are patient and forgiving. Others are sour, gloomy, and unforgiving. Why? Some have sown weeds and thorns and others have sown flowers and fruit.
We can see this pattern illustrated in life:
Two drivers are stuck in the same traffic jam. One is angry, the other is calm.
Two mothers face the same tragedy. One is destroyed, the other determined.