Read: Proverbs 11
Verses: 4 and 30 (NLT)
"Riches won’t help on the day of judgment, but right living can save you from death." (NLT)
"The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends." (NLT)
Thanks for sticking with me (and giving me grace to post today instead of yesterday)! We are 1/3 of the way through Proverbs! I don't know about you, but I'm enjoying the challenge that some of these bring. Maybe "enjoying" is not quite the right word, but they are making me think and dig deeper.
Verse 4 reminds me of the idiom, "You can't take it with you." The riches and things you accumulate on earth have no value in our eternal, everlasting home.
Then I was thinking, "what does last"? As I read verse 30, "the seeds of good deeds become a tree of life..." First of all, I love the rhyming of "the seeds and good deeds"; that makes my writer-heart happy.
Seeds are planted and bring forth a fruitful tree. Deeds (prayers, encouragement, etc.) are planted in a person's life and we trust the Heavenly Gardner that He will fertilize the soil and cause growth of good seed into recognizable fruit in that person's life. I'm thankful that I am not responsible for the growth in my own life and especially in the lives of others. That's the job of the Holy Spirit. I need to be aware of my surroundings and be bold enough to ask the Lord for insight to pray and share what He gives me. He will allow me to plant good seeds into the lives of others.
A dear friend of mine spent years praying (seeds of good deeds) for our church. She wanted it to be a thriving, Spirit-filled place with children and adults being ministered to. She went to her Heavenly home a few years ago, but her prayers live on in the beautiful ministry we have today through our after-school and summer programs with Project Transformation.
How will you plant seeds of good deeds today?
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