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Cross  - Pollination
Iron Sharpens Iron

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (NKJV)

We're told in Proverbs 27:17, "As Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend."

We can clearly see from this Proverb, that we are sharpened by being in the presence and receiving the good counsel of our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  In fact, Hebrews tells us that we are to do our part as well, as we are to "stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another" (Heb. 10:24,25).

Notice how this verse warns us not to "Forsake the assembling of ourselves together as is the manner of some."  There are many people who have decided that hanging out with other Christians, or going to church and bible studies is not for them.  But this is not the will of God.

One only need look to nature to see how God works through His creation to be able to better understand our need to be around other believers.  There is a term used in the scientific community called, "Cross - Pollination." 

"Cross Pollination" occurs when one flower is fertilized or "Pollinated" by the pollen of another flower.  The Arbor Day foundation says it this way, "Fertilization between genetically compatible trees for better fruit, often resulting in superior offspring."

When we became saved, we became members of God's body The Church.  And as Christian believers and Children of God, we are all "Genetically compatible." 

Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 1Corinthians 12:27 (NKJV)

Even though we are individual members, we need the rest of the body to function in the manor we were designed to, as each part has a unique function that is designed to work in unison with the other.

For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Romans 12:4-5 (NKJV)

Can you imagine if your foot was given the freedom to decide that it didn't want to hang out with the rest of your body?  Or how about your eyes what if they decided they didn't want to work in conjunction with the brain to produce those pictures that they were taking so you could fully understand and appreciate what the beauty of the sun looked like as it shines down upon a beautiful blooming flower?

God has made it plain to us that we are to work together as one body even though we are made up of many individual members.  Individual doesn't mean that we are to go our own way it means that we are uniquely made one at a time and are perfectly made to work in conjunction with others.  We cannot simply pick and choose whom we will get along with either when it comes to the individual members of the body.  In fact, God's Word makes it clear that our getting along with "EVERY" member is critical to our having a proper healthy relationship with Him.  

Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, when we fellowship with other believers who are attending church, bible studies, and staying grounded in the Word of God, we will glean many great and wonderful things just as they will glean many good and wonderful things from us when we do the same.  We need to be careful as well, because if we are just hanging around the bad trees, and not the good ones, we will be "Cross-pollinated" by them, and this is dangerous.

"Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits." 1Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today to find a good Church fellowship and to get involved one that opens the Word of God and studies it verse by verse.  I want to encourage you to find some "Christian" friendships that you can invest into ones that are equally yoked in the blood of Christ, which means that they have a continual desire to seek the will of God in their lives, in the same manor that you do.  Let God cross-pollinate you today with other believers and then watch what blooms out of these relationships.  

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the scriptures contained within this devotional with regards to having a relationship with other Christian believers?  What are we to do if there is a problem in our relationship with other believers?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have any issues with other Christian believers, or is there any other believers that have an issue with you?

APPLICATION: Go and make peace with your brothers and sisters in the Lord, and open up the ability for God to bless you.  Now go and get involved in a Bible-teaching church, and Bible study.

Father, thank You for the many Christian brothers and sisters that You have put into my life.  Thank You for the things that I have gleaned from them that are righteous and true according to Your Word.  Help me to be a good source of pollination to others Lord.  In Jesus precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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