Do you remember the classic children's story, “Jack And The Bean Stalk?”
Jack and his mother found themselves in what we would call dire straits today.
Their provision had run out and all they had was a skinny old cow.
Once upon a time there lived a poor widow who had an only son named Jack. She was very poor, for times had been hard, and Jack was too young to work. Almost all the furniture of the little cottage had been sold to buy bread, until at last there was nothing left worth selling. Only the good cow remained, and she gave milk every morning, which they took to market and sold. But one sad day the cow gave no milk, and then things looked bad indeed.
Jack decided to take his cow to the market to sell, hoping to bring back provision for his mother. Along the way he met a butcher who offered to exchange five beans (seeds) for his cow. The sales pitch was too much for Jack to refuse.
These wonderful beans if planted would grow overnight and take him to a place high above his situation. Does that sound like a stairway to heaven or what?
Certainly Jack and his mother needed an overnight miracle, but heaven? Mom didn’t quite share Jack’s childlike faith in that handful of beans. Angrily she threw the beans out the kitchen window and sent Jack to bed.
Well, you know the rest of the story. Jack climbed the stairway to heaven.
Just the other day I was in the garden section of the store looking for potting soil to plant seeds for a container garden. Who knew there were so many choices in dirt? The claims of rapid growth, miracle soil and continual blooms, would certainly cause one to consider if the miracle lies within the seed or the soil.
Well, like Jack the sales pitch got the best of me and I loaded the miracle growing, moisture controlling dirt in my basket and away I went to plant my seeds.
Beloved, this is your season your time for bringing forth all God has ordained for your life.
Jesus said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” Could He possibly be saying, “It’s not how good the seed is, but how great the soil is?”
Jesus said; “I have come that you might have life, and that you may have it more abundantly.”
Abundantly in the original Greek means, superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.”
Wow! How much can a person stand in one lifetime?
Your seed (life) needs the miracle growing, abundant producing, drought resistant, life giving soil of God’s presence!
Jeremiah 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spread out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”
The psalmist said in Psalms 1:3 “You shall be like a tree planted by the River of water, that brings forth fruit in its season. Whose leafs also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.” Isaiah 58:11 “The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like springs of water, whose waters do not fail. “
“I am the way the truth and the Life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believe on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life”…Our StairWay to heaven.