Welcome to another episode of the By His Grace podcast. In today’s episode titled,”Jonathan Ayala: The Transformative Power of Seed” we have a special guest who shares a passion for the concept of planting seeds and what God does with them. Our guest, Jonathan Ayala met the host through the Spark Media Facebook group and their connection was instant. Misty and Jonathan delve into the idea that Earth, our home, is not a place we should wish to escape from, but rather a place designed by God for us to fulfill our destinies. They discuss the significance of planting seeds, both physically and metaphorically, and the faith required to trust in the process. Join us as we explore the power of seeds and the transformative nature of faith on this insightful episode.
Jonathan shared his passion for understanding our purpose on Earth and the significance of being a seed. He emphasized how God created us uniquely for this world, with a destiny to fulfill that no other creature can achieve. Earth, Jonathan believes, is a place where God’s invisibility challenges us to walk by faith and listen to His voice. We are called to die to ourselves, letting go of our current identities, and embrace the identity God has designed for us. Just as in planting a physical seed, there is a process of faith, dying, and transformation that leads to fruitful results.
The conversation expanded to reflect on the importance of time and patience in the process of growth. Just like a seed takes time to sprout and bear fruit, our journey as Christians often involves a continuous sanctification process that takes time to mature. Our faith and trust in God’s promises play a significant role in this process, as faith enables us to partake in the divine nature even before we witness the fulfillment of those promises. It is through walking in faith, believing in what is unseen, that we experience internal transformation and find true pleasure in pleasing God.
- Introduction and Background of Jonathan.
- The Concept of Being a Seed and Planting Seeds.
- Influenced by a pastor’s teaching.
- Previous belief in wanting to escape Earth.
- Recognition that Earth was made by God for us.
- Earth as a place of faith and invisibility of God.
- Importance of planting seeds and dying to self.
- Transformation and being born into God’s identity.
- Analogy of planting physical seeds and having faith for their growth.
- Reaping the Harvest and Divine Promises.
- Receiving the blessings of promises before seeing them.
- Transformation through faith even before manifestation.
- Importance of internal transformation and walking by faith.
- Comparison to Abraham’s faith and righteousness.
- Temporality of Earth and greater value in being transformed by faith.
- Pleasing God through walking in promises now.
- Faith, Action, and Works– Faith as accounted for righteousness.
- Faith requiring action and works.
- Relation to the Bible study “The Struggle Is Real, but So is God”
- Mention of Abraham as an example.
- Purpose of faith and works complementing each other
Here are 3 key takeaways from our conversation:
We are designed for Earth: While many of us may have been taught to long for heaven and escape this earthly realm, it’s important to remember that God created us for a purpose here on Earth. He has given us a unique destiny to walk in, and Earth is the only place where seeds can be planted and bring forth abundant fruit.
Walking by faith: As we plant seeds, whether physically or spiritually, there is a process of faith and belief involved. We may not see the immediate results, but it is in this waiting period that our faith is strengthened and transformed. Ultimately, the real value lies in the internal transformation and the trust we place in God’s promises.
Faith in action: Our faith requires action. It’s not enough to simply believe in God’s promises; we must also take steps and work towards them. Just like Abraham, who believed and stepped out in faith, we too are called to actively participate in the manifestation of God’s promises. Our faith and works go hand in hand.
I encourage you to check out the full episode of the “By His Grace” podcast to gain more insights into the power of seed planting and how it can impact our lives.