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"Weeding", an important activity...

Large crowds gathered around Jesus, so much so that He got into a boat. He then told them the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

Jesus then carries on to explain the parable to His disciples in verses 18 to 23. He mentions four different scenarios that is at play daily in people’s lives all around us.

  • The first is where someone hears the Good news, but does not understand it and carries on with life as if nothing happened
  • The second is where someone hears the Good news and gets very excited about it, but the moment this new message starts interfering with their lives, they carry on to the next “good” thing that comes along
  • The third is where someone hears the Good news and adjusts his or her life accordingly, but the “worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth” slowly but surely reduces the initial impact until eventually nothing or very little is left
  • The fourth and final scenario is one where a person hears the Good news, fully understands it and this understanding leads to several adjustments in his or her life that results in a life with meaning… This life yields a crop, thirty, sixty or even hundredfold

Which of these scenarios are at play in your life? I want to be standing before God one day and hear Him say, “Well done good and faithful servant, you brought in a crop that was a hundredfold of what was sown.” But somehow I think I am closer to the person Jesus mentions where the weeds are killing the growth of the plant, choking the life out of it.

The world is working hard at not allowing us to keep or gain back our sanity. The daily grind for many start in the early hours of the morning and end late in the day or night. As if the ever-increasing speed of life and never ending change is not enough, life just gets more expensive every year and for many it is a struggle to ensure bills are paid. And before we know it we end up being the person written about in Matthew 13 where our worries dominates our thoughts and we fall into the trap of thinking that wealth is the solution to our problems. This then leads to a slow, but steady adjustment of priorities away from what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 6:33 (But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.)

If we do not allow ourselves to reflect on our daily priorities and choices, we risk ending in a situation where the weeds (worries and misplaced priorities) in life choked the LIFE out of us. 

The people that brings forth a crop; thirty, sixty or hundredfold, does so on purpose. They make daily decisions on priorities that leads to the removal of weeds in their lives. They actively create an environment where their “crop” can flourish. They make choices on what they allow into their minds, what they spend their time on and they actively take part in building God’s kingdom. It is a priority in their daily lives to see God’s Kingdom expanding in their own lives and in those of the people around them.

We cannot expect the crop to appear by itself. All good farmers will tell you that there is a lot of effort that goes into a successful crop between planting and harvest. It takes effort and dedication throughout the growing season.

For many farmers, the difference between a thirty-, sixty- and hundredfold crop is the amount of weeds that is allowed between the good seed. You see, the weeds compete for the same nutrients than the good seed. The more weeds, the less nutrients is available for the crop to grow. 

What weeds are there in your life that gobbles up your much needed nutrients? What prevents you from seeking FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness? 

“Weeding” our lives is an important part of our journey. Don’t allow the weeds to grow. Kill them on sight!

 

 

"The sun generates a tremendous amount of energy, but it only gives us a warm glow. By contrast, a laser beam that uses a few kilowatts of energy can cut through metal. Such is the power of focus." - S Khosla

 

Most things we see today that makes a significant difference had a small beginning. A long journey starts with the first step… For this reason, we at Eternal Investments decided to focus our initial effort on a specific initiative that we believe are making a significant difference in Africa with regards to missions and evangelisation. In itself it is much more than a program, it is a movement. This excites us, as a movement creates enormous energy and requires little external energy to keep it going.

 

 

This movement was birthed in Nyarugusu Refugee Camp on the borders of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It is called Ubabalo. 7 pastors gathered to share their story of how they ended up at the camp. The first pastor recounted how the rebel forces entered his village, lined up his 24 family members from the youngest to oldest - and starting with the youngest they used machetes to amputate and kill. Upon seeing this, the family ran to escape - many lost their lives that day but those that escaped made it to Nyarugusu. To our horror, this same experience was repeated by the 6 remaining pastors, with the only difference being the village of origin and the size of each family. What shocked us further was that the rebels and perpetrators of those atrocities consisted of young men between the ages of 18-19 years old. 

 

We are convinced that many of Africa's challenges are a function of fatherlessness and the deliberate destruction of the family unit. As the strategy of Ubabalo multiplies across the world to over 100 countries, we have now discovered that these challenges are not unique only to Africa. Ubabalo is our courageous attempt to transform worldviews of coaches and players, reverse the trend of fatherlessness, and to catalyze a Whole Life Coaching movement in order to redeem culture and impact nations. (http://ubabalo.tumblr.com

(www.theworldneedsafather.com)

 

 

 

OM Sportlink is a initiative within Operation Mobilisation (https://www.om.org/en/content/about-om) that focus on sport as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers and carry the gospel into areas otherwise difficult to reach. They use the Ubabalo principles to train coaches to disciple young people. We partnered with OM International Sportlink Director, Chris Welman, in support of their ministry. Chris is stationed at the OM base in Kabwe, Zambia and has seen the amazing impact coaches can make in young people’s lives firsthand. They are active in a number of African and other countries. Below is an excerpt of one of their newsletters: