Together in Christ: 'Plow Up the Hard Ground of Your Hearts' — Hosea 10:12

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

[God] said, "Plant the good seeds of righteousness,
     and you will harvest a crop of love.
Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,
     for now is the time to seek the Lord,
that he may come
     and shower righteousness upon you."

— Hosea 10:12 NLT

Key Thought

Jesus called us to be salt in a world of decay and light in a world enveloped in darkness. [1] He has chosen us to be His special people of grace who bring His glorious light to those trapped in the darkness of Satan's soul-consuming sin, death, and hell. [2] However, God didn't bless us with His grace just to bless us and give us His great promises.

God wants us to love Him and live for His purpose in our lives! [3] He wants us "to plant the good seeds of righteousness" through deeds we do with kindness. He wants us to keep working the soil of our hearts so we can harvest His love and bring His grace to others. As the Lord showers His righteousness and love on us, we can be conduits of those blessings to others. [4] We can be the salt and light that our world so desperately needs!

So, I encourage you to join me in a practical move to influence and bless those around us. Let's make a list of five people we see regularly. A person on your list can be a waiter, a convenience store clerk, a grocery checker, a neighbor close by us, a delivery worker, etc. — anyone we meet several times a month. Then, we commit to praying for each person on our list each day as we sow seeds of hope, righteousness, and kindness into their lives so they can discover God's goodness and grace. We also prepare a natural way for us to share our reason for our hope because of Jesus so that we can be ready to gently and respectfully lead them closer to Jesus . [5]

[1] Matthew 5:13-16.
[2] 1 Peter 2:9-10.
[3] Romans 8:28-29.
[4] 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.
[5] 1 Peter 3:15-16.

Today's Prayer

Father, please open my eyes to those who need me to sow the seeds of kindness, grace, and righteousness into their lives. Use me to bring hope and display your righteous character, gracious compassion, and faithful lovingkindness. I pray this in Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Peter 2:1-17
  • Matthew 5:11-48


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Illustration of Hosea 10:12 NLT — [God] said, "Plant the good seeds of righteousness,         and you will harvest a crop of love.Plow up the hard ground of your hearts,         for now is the time to seek the Lord,that he may come         and shower righteousness upon you."

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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