Reflection for January 2016 on the theme Be Courageous

Reflection 2018

Jill Clarke CNZM

By Jill Clarke CNZM

Jill has been one of GBI’s Vice Patrons since 2002.  She has served GB faithfully for many years being GB Asia & Pacific Chairman (1992 –1998) and GB International President (1998 – 2002).

Spring in New Zealand happens about October or November. This is the time we get into our gardens weeding. Some gardeners find enjoyment in this task, others not so much! I find it very satisfying to look back and find precious plants standing tall and proud, with the weeds all gone!
Jesus told a wonderful parable of the wheat and the tares-(weeds). Read Matthew 13v25 and then 13v38 where Jesus explains the parable to His disciples.
In short Jesus is the gardener who plants in the world: the good seed is the people of the Kingdom: the weeds represent the people who allow Satan into their lives. Satan plants his weed seeds among the good seeds and they grow together until ready to harvest. When harvest time comes the weeds will be separated and thrown into the furnace to be burned.
Jesus is saying that when He returns His angels will sort out all who do evil in this world, separating them from those who belong to His Kingdom.
The prophet Hosea said, “these people spout empty words and make promises they don’t intend to keep, so perverted justice springs up among them like poisonous weeds in a farmers field!” (Hosea 10v4). Does this sound familiar with the times we live in today? Our world is becoming more corrupt with every decade. But we know the end to that story Jesus told. The righteous will in the end times be saved to shine in the Fathers Kingdom.
In GB we rejoice in the fact that we have girls & young women whose lives are witness to their personal faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour of this world.
This is the GOOD NEWS.

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