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Free Agency has already begun in the NFL. It is a time when those no longer under contract can sign a new contract with any team that offers them one they like. By now most of your big-name, highly-prized free agents have signed new contracts, and a lot of money has been given to men who play a sport for a living. Players claim to sign contracts for a multitude of reasons such as the money, the location, the other players on the team, or a change to win the Super Bowl. All this free agency news has me thinking, "If I were a free agent, what would I do?" In a sense I am a free agent. God has given me the freedom to chose to submit to Him or to reject Him. My eternity hangs on my decision. So Let's look at the two options.

The devil offers some intriguing options. He offers us things that appeal to our senses (1 John 2:16-17). You see an example of this in the


Garden of Eden. In Genesis chapter three we see Satan tempt Eve to eat from the tree that God had said not to eat from. Verse six says that she saw that the tree was good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise so she took and ate. She, as well as Adam, chose to reject God and follow Satan.

Hebrews 11:24-26 shows us the other choice. Moses chose to reject the passing pleasures of sin for the reproach of Christ because he was looking to the reward. There is no doubt that the Christian life is the best life (John 10:10), but it can be tough to say "no" to our fleshly desires. When pleasing God and going to heaven are our goals, saying no to sin can be a little easier.

Matthew 16:26 asks us, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" What will your answer be?



In Mark chapter 4 verses 1-25 cover the parable of the sower (soils). Then verses 26 -29 give us the parable of the seed which seems to be unique to Mark. And He was saying, "The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows-how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the bad, then the head, then the mature grain in the head. But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come" Mark 4:26-29.

This passage reminds me that gardens will soon be planted. Praise God for how wonderfully He made plants. A friend of ours gave us some purple okra. I would plant those little round seeds, and eventually those seeds would turn into produce that we could eat. I don't really understand how it all works, but it does. I think God is using that to teach us about His Word. As i mentioned, before this parable is the parable about the sower where verse 14 tells us, "The sower sows the word." So maybe in verse 27, the seed is the Word of God. I don't know how the Word of God works in people's lives, but I know that it can and does.

So what is a lesson for me? Sow the Word of God. Things I can do to help the seed grow: Make sure it is good seed. I mean, make sure it is God's Word and not my opinion, worldly philosophies, ect. Work the soil you are planting in. Love people and care for them. As the old saying goes, people do n't care how much you know until they know how much you care. Water the seed. Continue to teach and encourage. But ultimately it is God that gives increase (1 Corinthians 3:6). Let me challenge you to sow the seed.

~Chris


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