The title of this is taken from Psalm 92. This is an amazing testimony of how remaining planted or attached to the Lord will continue to bring fruitfulness. When we are planted in the Lord he promises we will bear fruit, fruit that remains.
Jim Seward went on to be with the Lord, fittingly enough, on Christmas morning 2011. Jim lived here on earth from 1926-2011 but he lives on even now through his children, writings, paintings and memories. He is still bearing fruit, not only in his old age but even after his departure. That’s what I wanted to share with you today in fact.
Tracey and I teach couples Sunday school class at the church we attend. We usually study through a book of the Bible verse by verse. At the moment we are reading through the book of Romans and we are in chapter six. Wow what a chapter!
Brian Coatney, a friend of Jim’s and us, gave us some of Jim’s teaching illustrations. Jim drew some really great pictures that depict exactly what happened to humanity at the fall and what God himself has done to rectify the situation. There is a man with the words vessel written on him and then there is an insert showing what happened when Adam partook of the forbidden fruit. The reality is a spirit of error took up residence within the human race that could only be driven out through death. Jesus’ death on the cross is the means God uses to rid humanity of the deceitful indweller. Just as in Adam all were made sinners, even so in Christ all have been made righteous. We were born joined to Adam with the spirit of error in us, but thanks be to God we can now be joined to Christ, and be born again with the Holy Spirit within. Hallelujah!
We used Jim’s illustrations to help teach the principles found in Romans six today. That’s right; Jim Seward helped to teach our Sunday school class. Even though he is no longer with us in body his teaching and influence is still bearing fruit. Isn’t that wonderful? The Bible tells us if we stay planted in the house of the Lord we will bear fruit even in old age. The truth is we may bear fruit even long after we are gone from here.
I thought I would share this with you because I think it is important to know how our influence will be felt even long after we are gone. There is absolutely no way we can possibly understand the impact we are having on others. Christ in us is the hope of glory not only for us but all of those we get to share him with.
Thank you Jim Seward for the part you played in this grand and beautiful picture God is painting for us and those that will come after us.
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