The Crucial Issue! – by Gbile Akanni
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jer 17:9 KJV)
As crucial as a man’s heart is in God’s consideration and choice of the man He uses, no man begins his natural life with a perfect heart. The natural heart, with which everyone begins life, is not conducive for any spiritual service.
Even though God gives everyone an equal opportunity to be used of Him, yet, not everyone becomes usable in His hands. Various people respond differently to this divine gesture from the Almighty God, depending on the kind of heart they bear.
Every time God wants to save a soul, the first thing He does is to sow His word into that life. Actually, the Christian life begins when a person responds positively to the word of God – the gospel – sown into his life. God’s powerful method of changing a man’s life, or changing his destiny, is to sow His word into that life.
“The gospel is God’s powerful method of changing men. It is God’s rescue plan for dying men.” Rom.1:16 MSG
There is no other way to correct a life or change a man other than God’s word. There is no other way for a home to be redirected or for a life to take the correct shape other than God’s word. There is no other way to make a better man other than for the Sower to come and sow His seed, which is God’s word into that life.
For example, God may be sending this message as a seed into the soil of your heart, in order to cause a new beginning in your life. As you read the word of God here, you are taking in the seed of life, the seed of the divine nature, the incorruptible seed; which is the word of God.
The kingdom life, the Christian life and the divine nature of God only begin in a man, by the sowing of a seed and that seed is the word of God. It is an incorruptible seed.
Now, there is nothing wrong with the word of God. It is eternal. It is perfect. It can never fail. It is the very expression of God in written form (John 1:1). The same word of God which you have been reading, and carrying around or sleeping with under the pillow, is the same word that has changed many lives! It is the same word that has brought others into revival. It is the same word that has changed the destiny of many lives.
God has always made His servants by His word. He has always fashioned people to live a holy life, to be righteous, to be victorious and to be delivered from their sicknesses and problems, by the agency of His word.
No, there is nothing wrong with the seed! The word of God is perfect and will ever remain relevant and incorruptible. So, if the same incorruptible seed is sown by the Sower and it brings forth a different result, then the difference can only be in the kind of soil on which it lands. The basic issue, therefore, to consider in the matter of Christian living and service will be the condition of your heart.
And I am compelled to ask you to check, on what kind of ground does the seed of the word of God fall? What kind of heart is yours and how does it take God’s seed each time it is sown? How fruitful has your heart been concerning the word of God that has been cast on it over the years?
How much of Jesus has sprung up out of your life? What kind of heart do you possess?
The issue is NOT how many years you have been listening to the word of God. It is NOT how long you have even been in God’s service. It is NOT whether or not you were born in a mission house; the crucial issue is: how much of the kingdom life, how much of Jesus has sprung up out of your life? What kind of heart do you possess?