This morning I had the opportunity to share a short message in our church’s main service as part of what we like to call “Harvest of Praise Sunday.” The service is centered around our praise and thanks to God for all He has done in our church through the year. My portion of the service centered around giving God thanks for the baptisms and decisions that took place. Having the double advantage of coming from a farming area and having a harvest theme service, I tied in the “wordless” book idea to corn.
It started with, what else? Yellow corn.
Yellow corn represented heaven, and the home Jesus is preparing for us there. (John 14:3)
Black Corn represented the problem–sin, and how our sin, if not dealt with, can keep us from heaven. (Romans 6:23)
Red corn represented the blood of Jesus which was shed for the forgiveness of our sins. (Hebrews 9:22)
Blue corn stood for the waters of baptism that wash us clean. (Acts 2:38)
White corn reminds us that when we accept God’s offer of salvation, we are washed clean and pure. (Isaiah 1:18)
Green corn represented the growth that needs to come after we have been saved. (2 Peter 3:18)
We finished up with a picture of mixed corns to remind us that we need to go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all God has commanded. (Matthew 28:19-20)
It was just a short, simple message,and I’m sure that in one form or another had been heard before by many. Then tonight, at our 6th grade discipleship group as we began our New Testament study, we got hung up on a question about sin. The kids were struggling to come up with answer to what we called the “problem,” because they weren’t sure what the problem was. When I uttered the words, “Black corn,” immediately they responded, “Sin!”
We were all pretty excited to realize they remembered practically every word of the morning’s talk, (I was really excited!) What I thought was so simple had stuck in their hearts and minds.
Why do I so often forget that the message doesn’t have to be complicated or flashy or entertaining? The message, quite simply, just needs to be the message. The message combined with the power of God, is all we need for a great harvest.
Corn? Who knew?
God did. . . Taste and See. . .the Lord is good.