Seeing Beyond The Here and Now

Every farmer knows if you want crops that produce an abundant harvest they must plant good seed, or they have wasted their time, energy, and money on their venture. In Matthew 13:37 Jesus said, “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.” (Speaking of Himself), “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father, He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

I was thinking along these lines a couple of days ago when it dawned on me, “People know there is more to life than what they presently have, they just choose to ignore it.” There are two sides to everything in life that are polar opposites to one another. For instance, a coin has two sides, a head and a tail. They look nothing alike, that is how we know the difference between the two sides. Then there is light and dark, life and death, a sun and moon, water and ice, the outside and the inside of a thing. People know these kinds of things, but they choose to ignore the fact that what they presently see, can’t be all there is to life. If what we see is real, then there has to be a second side which is unseen that is just as real. Of the side we don’t see Jesus called life, light, truth, and a number of other things in His teachings, and it was of this other side that He spoke most often using what we can see to teach us about the side we can’t see.  He called what we can see a shadow of the side that is unseen. Take for example the seed Jesus is speaking of in the above story. The seed planted looks nothing like the plant that appears, and when the fruit appears on the plant you have open it up to uncover the seed that is hidden inside. If we accept the plant as being all there is to a stalk of corn, we fail to realize that the stalk and leaves receives its nourishment from something unseen called the root system. What we see in the world around us has a polar opposite that is unseen, and it is from that which is unseen that mankind draws its life saving nourishment. If there is a shadow, there is something real causing the shadow. If there is a plant, there is a root system that supports it. If there is light there is also dark, and if there is physical life, there is spiritual life. Our internal parts look nothing like our external ones, but when a child is produced it, too, has both of these qualities, that which is seen and that which is unseen. It is the same with our physical person; it looks nothing like our spirit person, but it takes the unseen spirit within to give life to the body without. That which is unseen can live without that which is seen, but that which is seen cannot live without that which is unseen. And so it is with the kingdom of God from which all things seen draws its life. The kingdom of God can function without us, but we cannot function without its life support system. So if we think that what we see is all there is to life, we are foolish and it goes against everything we understand about our world. The coin without man setting the value of it, is nothing but a piece of metal and is good for nothing. Mankind without God placing a value on us are nothing but ‘tares’ of which Jesus said would be gathered together at the end of this age and burned because they have no value in the kingdom of God. Jesus called the one’s God has placed a value on, ‘sons of the kingdom’, but those without value, ‘tares’, ‘the plantings of the devil’; the one with value will reap life, the other death. Open your blind eyes friend and see what is on the opposite side of what you are presently viewing. Jesus called it ‘Life’. It’s real, you know it is, and it’s available to you. DThrash


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