Sunday, November 21, 2010

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Steve Parker

Friday, November 19, 2010

Accusers and Askers

Do you hear that sound? Listen closely. I hear it nearly every day and so do you. It is all the people who give the least and ask for the most. They are the accusers and askers.

I teach the principle of seed, time and harvest which simply means, if a man sows seed in some way, i.e.. time, finances, encouraging words; in time, he will reap a harvest of that seed. Fortunately, most people get it! It is revelation to them and therefore, they become sowers of seed and soon after, receivers of the harvest. These are the ones who do not give up because the harvest didn't come the next day. They are those who planted when it was raining (easy) and when it was dry and desolate (hard). They understand that seed will produce nothing if it is not placed into the ground. Watermelons do not grow out of pockets and bank accounts, they grow out of fields where the seed was sown. I am not speaking only of money, yet, that is a big one to speak of. I am also speaking of one's time, talent, gifting and skill. Those with the revelation of seed, time and harvest understand and therefore are blessed. They are the ones others look at with jealousy, disdain, and contempt. They are the ones getting the promotions, raises and accolades while the others continue to complain and accuse. Do you hear that sound? Is it familiar to you? Maybe if you are not hearing it, it is because you are making it.

There was a season in my life when I was strongly considering going into politics. I lived in Tennessee at the time and heard and saw enough accusers and askers to consider a political career in order to bring change. I thought if I could at least be positioned in secular government, I perhaps could enact legislation to quiet the noise. I met the woman who would be my wife and she encouraged me to stand down from that direction. Wonderful wife! We're happily married eighteen years now, and she still encourages me to stand down on many issues unless I can sneak one by her. Such as this. I have found, not because of ministry, mind you, but through my life, that those who are always asking for the most, always do the least. They accuse him who is doing of growing up with a silver spoon in his mouth, or being lucky, or connected to the right people, or whatever, while asking for handouts from that same doer. When a handout is given, the accuser and asker aren't thankful, after all, it was the doers responsibility to provide for the lazy, unfaithful, ungrateful, unbelieving slug that he is. For example, I have sat with people in my office who have found every way to not pay tithe, even arguing it's scriptural significance. Yet, when they have a need, they do not think twice to ask for help from those who do pay tithe. This is the reason why at The Rock, if one does not tithe and sow seed for a harvest, when that one is hungry and cold, there will be no food or blanket. There is a consequence for sin and disobedience. Hunger and cold. Unfortunately, the church has overlooked the consequences of disobedience in men and catered to their lawlessness causing a splurge of accusers and askers to proliferate throughout the church. Not at The Rock. There is grace for those who are learning, but severe consequence for those who are perpetually lawless. At some point all of us must recognize the accusers and askers and stop feeding their sin. In time, if they have an honest heart, they to will come to the revelation of seed, time and harvest.