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Topic: Reward (09/27/04)
TITLE: A Flower of a Different Color
By Annette Agnello
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First the seed is planted. Then there is germination and growth. For the Christian the seed of belief is planted and begins to grow. In cotton, two leaves stretch forth toward the sun for photosynthesis to convert sunlight into nourishment. The new believer has to stretch toward the Son for our spiritual nourishment.
Along with the leaves comes the blossoms. New believers also come to flower as a stage on the way to fruit. The cotton starts with a pink bloom, like sunlight at dawn. It is a hot color suitable for the “on fire” baby Christian. The next stage is blue which is often considered a cool color, but blue can also be a fire that has reached a superheated point. It can go either way with a Christian too. You can start cooling down or start going towards a deeper more passionate kind of relationship with the Lord.
The last of the three colors of blooms is white. White is the color of purity the cotton blooms are going to fall away. Some Christians do that too. But some are ready for the next phase as the cotton plant is.
There are several steps in cotton’s trip to maturity. In the parade of colors of the blooms cotton bolls have formed. They are segmented pods each containing 32 immature seeds. Fibers form around these seeds which eventually what we think of as cotton. We also grow and from the seeds planted in our hearts become the mature Christians we were meant to be.
Cotton is a cash crop. The reward for planting cotton is one after another, huge bales of what has grown in the fields. Believers too grow from tiny seeds to whatever kind of fruit the Lord has planned for us to be. In our growth process we add substance to the seeds in our life. It is a truly blessed Christian who can produce so many seeds and such growth, taking on texture from the Lord growing in our life.
What kind of a crop are you? Each believer goes through a private transformation. You accept the Lord for yourself. It doesn’t matter if your parents believe or not. It is as individual as the flowers on the cotton plant. Each one of us grows at our own pace and any fruit to be found depends on being attached to the vine.
The farmers rewards are bales of cotton once it is harvested. Your ultimate reward is eternal life. In the meantime keep growing the fruit of the Spirit which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (Gal 5:22 NKJV)