As I confessed in my previous blog, I used to think that I was becoming a producer because if I knew where it was grown and how it was grown it would be healthier and my family and I would live a longer, better life. Surprise, surprise, I was wrong. The Lord says “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart” Psalms 27:4. The interesting thing about my desire to learn to be a producer was that I was wrong in my motivation. As soon as I “delighted” myself in the Lord, He promptly showed me why He had placed that desire in my heart.
You see I was explaining to my children why the Lord is about to judge this nation. First, why does God judge nations real time? Answer: there are no “nations” in heaven to judge, only individuals. Second, why would God judge this nation? Answer: it was founded as “One Nation Under God” which means it was supposed to set a better example and for a long time it did, now it has turned from God and mocks Him openly. Third, what does judgement of a nation look like? Answer: historically speaking, a collapse of economy or invasion and take over by an enemy sometimes both. Take a look at Ezekiel 35, it is one of many examples of what God does when He judges a nation. Why does this explanation matter? Answer: this is why we are called to learn to produce something. Not to save ourselves but to save a nation after its collapse. By save, I truly mean the only “saved” that matters and that’s saved from eternal judgement in Hell.
Okay wait…. I talked about why we are becoming producers and I seemingly jumped to saving from Hell?? UHHH…. How does cabbage save people from Hell you might ask? I can understand why you would. I asked the same thing. Here’s the answer. When people are starving it doesn’t take long for word to get around who has the food. When they line up at my door I must have something to feed their physical body. More importantly, I must feed their spirit. I explained to my children if I feed their stomach and they live one more day but at death face eternal Hell, what good have I done? None. You can guarantee that if you share a meal with me, you will leave with an understanding of who Jesus is and what He did for you, or I’ve failed.
The practice starts now. I must know how to provide enough food for more than my family before the time comes. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but the learning curve on some of these activities is drastically steep! I must also start to teach people now, not wait for the starving because Jesus says Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, Hebrews 11:1. The emphasis is NOW. NOW I should follow Jesus whole heartedly and share Him. NOW I should learn to do these things and if the judgement delays past my lifetime, then I’ve obeyed and still I’m certain many will be impacted by the obedience. If the least of what I’ve done is pass this teaching down to my children, I’ve climbed a mountain in my book. I can only hope that my children will be even bolder for Jesus than I am.
It’s always a personal choice. My cabbage opportunity may not save you or anyone else if you don’t accept the message yourself. However, I must spread the word. Jesus says Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand, Joel 2:1. If the desire to grow things lives inside you…. Maybe you should delight yourself in the Lord and He will show you what it is going to accomplish. Many times we think we have it figured out, I know I did. Often times we find out that there is so much more Jesus is doing than we could have imagined. He says For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, Isaiah 55:8. However, when we let the mind of Christ be in us (Philippians 2:5) than our thoughts can be just like His and our ways be led by Him!