This week I am sharing some of my favorite posts as an offering to the sweet, Mother’s Morning Out ladies of my home church in Charlotte, NC. These women inspire me with their hunger for Jesus, their commitment to love their families God’s way and their servant-hearts that reach out for others. These ladies? They give me great hope for the generations to come and they make my heart sing!
Separating the Wheat From the Chaff
There are days when it seems nothing goes right; the dryer breaks, the car won’t start, news of someone hurting is received. I lump the big and the small together, giving them equal value, and life looks like one big mess bearing down.
Jesus stops me in my track and says, “Separate the wheat from the chaff.”
“Jesus, what is the wheat and what is the chaff in my life?” God tells me, “The wheat is the eternal and the chaff is what will fall away.”*
And how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? On the threshing floor.
The husks are tough and they need breaking to loose that seed; the one that is the fruit of labor and sacrifice. The sheaves are spread on the floor and the oxen are brought to tread over what holds tight to the kernel inside. The straw lies there looking like a trampled, mixed-up mess. The winnowing fork tosses it all to the wind and the current separates what isn’t necessary.
What remains is the center of what the Land Owner has sown.
The chaff are day-to-day circumstances of inconvenience. The wheat is the spiritual opportunity that changes hearts. Jesus is breaking through the chaff of our lives and giving it to the wind. He wants to give us eyes that discern the eternal value of what problems are in a day.
He is harvesting our lives to Himself for everlasting glory.
Lord, I pray that You will show me the chaff of my life so I can let it fall away. Shift my eyes from the insignificant consequences of living in this world and help me to fix them on spiritual needs. Please give me discernment of the wheat and its eternal value so I will advance Your Kingdom. It’s in the Name of Jesus I pray.
Practical Application: Make a list of all that is going on in your day and ask God to show the value of each. Write an “E” beside those that have an eternal impact and a “W” beside those that are just part of the day-to-day of living in this world.
* In the context of Luke 3, Jesus is talking about eternally separating those who believe Him as Savior from those who don’t. God, in His Living Word, shares a different perspective to meet me where I am.
I pray you Live Like You Know …where you are going.
Strength to Strength,