Bible Passage for Meditation: 1 Peter 1:22-25
Key Verse: “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” 1 Peter 1:23
I have to be honest. Some days I don’t notice a big difference spiritually. Yes, I read the Bible everyday. I know it is essential to my Christian walk. But some days I begin to wonder, “Did I get anything from today’s reading?” or “Is this really making a difference in my life?”
Thankfully, God has given us a promise that reassures me that I have no reason to doubt the difference He is making in my life as I receive His Word day by day.
In 1st Peter, we are promised that we have “been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:22-23). Incredible! When we prayerfully and humbly read God’s Word, we are actually planting living seeds of revival in our hearts!
When a seed is planted, we don’t know when or how it will grow. In fact, it could be pretty tempting to wonder if that tiny seed is really capable of becoming a fruit bearing plant. But if the seed isn’t corrupt, the results are sure. It will bear fruit!
“In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God” (Christ Object Lessons, p. 38).
When I began reading the Bible in college, I was still living an ungodly lifestyle. In fact, I didn’t make a lot of changes in my life at first. I just knew I needed to spend time daily at the feet of Jesus, and so I started reading my Bible everyday.
For awhile I tried to continue living the same lifestyle. However, the planted seeds of God’s Word slowly began to transform my heart and renew my desires. It was virtually imperceptible at the time— and still is, on a daily basis. But when I look back over the years, I realize that God has worked incredible changes in basically every area of my life. Truly His Word always succeeds in the purpose for which He sends it. It does not return unto Him void (Isa. 55:11).
So whether or not you see or feel growth in your life, keep feeding upon the Word. You are planting seeds, seeds that will bear the fruit of revival for eternity!
Heart Prayer Challenge
Father in Heaven, Thank You for the living power of Your Word! Increase our faith today that although we may not always see immediate results, Your Word is planting the seed of revival in our hearts. Give us a deep commitment to daily sit at Your feet, humbly receiving these seeds which will bear fruit for eternal life. Strengthen us by Your Word as we continue to pray for our church, for a work that only You can do! Thank You Jesus for not leaving us helpless as a people, but providing us with a gift that will change our lives if we embrace it. We give You full permission to cause us to be born again today. We need revival! Thank You Lord for doing this in us today, in Jesus name, Amen.
By Zac Page
(Zac is pastor at Templeton Hills SDA Church, in Templeton, California. He and his wife, Leah, have been married seven years and speak at revival and prayer retreats. To read more of Pastor Zac’s personal testimony, CLICK HERE.)