Greetings, brothers and sisters. This is Dr. James Perry continuing with our series where we seek to
explore the deeper meanings of our relationship with Jesus Christ. Over the years, the heavenly
Father has revealed many revelations of spiritual truth to me, and I want to share them with you. This
morning we seek to understand the meaning of the truth of life.
And now, sit back and listen to today's message.
The Truth of Life
Jesus said, "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any
man pluck them out of my hand." John, Chapter 10, Verse 28.
Brothers and sisters, A farmer selects a fertile field to plant a crop of grain. He plows the field,
fertilizes the soil, and when the degree of moisture is optimal, he plants his seed. With inexpressible
hope and ever heightening expectancy, he waits for the seed to develop into full fledged plants and
then to reach maturity so they can be harvested.
He meticulously cultivates his field, plowing and weeding the field as needed. In spite of his best
efforts, the yield of the crop is less than perfect. There remains many factors beyond the farmer's
control essential for the maximum production of his crop. When analyzed, the following conclusions
were reached: All areas of the field were not equally fertile. The moisture content of the soil at the
time of planting was not adequate in all areas. The fertilization efforts were not adequate in all areas.
In some there were not enough fertilization; in others there were too much. The rain fall and the
sunlight were not optimal at all times. Sometimes there were too little sunshine and rainfall, and at
other times too much. And even though the soil was weeded periodically, there were some areas that
were missed. Those weeds that were missed either displaced the seeds or strangled the fledgling
plants before they were able to get a firm start.
Some of the plants were trampled and killed by the careless efforts of those entrusted with cultivating
the field. Some of the plants were destroyed by insects and birds. At the harvest time, some of the
harvest was destroyed through accidents or through the inefficient efforts of the reapers. The final
harvest brought to market was based on all of these uncontrollable and undesirable factors.
The life of a human being undergoes a similar process. When a human being is conceived, the soil
of the womb may not be properly fertilized and adequately supplied with the essential nutrients. Thus
some seeds of human life will not develop. Still others may get only a small amount of nutrients and
may develop into poor plants of human life, not able to withstand the normal environment outside
of the soil of the womb.
Others may have adequate nutrients and emerge as strong plants of life, but due to such abnormal
conditions outside the womb may be cut down right away in their struggle to run the race of life.
Some, because of inadequate cultivation efforts of child rearing, may fall by the wayside or become
severely handicapped in their struggle to run the gauntlet of life. Others may fail because of the
weeds of evil strangled or severely damaged it.
For still others, the rainfall of sorrow and disappointment may be overwhelming, thus destroying or
severely handicapping them, though some may not receive enough rainfall of sorrow and
disappointment creating very weak plants of human beings; still others may receive too much of the
sunshine of joy and success, thus creating very shallow and superficial plants of human beings that
are blown out of the field of life by the very modest breezes of trials and tribulations.
The environment of life and the facts of life require that each plant of human being be familiar with
the depths of sorrow and disappointment, as well as the heights of joy and success. A human plant
that has never known the rainfall of sorrow and disappointment can never appreciate the sunshine
of joy and success; and a human plant that has never known the sunshine of joy and success can
never build up that reserve of hope that will sustain it through the unavoidable shadows of darkness.
When the harvest of human life finally rolls around, rather it be short or long, an evaluation will take
place. Those who received all the care that they needed, both personal and nonpersonal, will have
a high value placed on them. Thus they will be expected to yield a lot of high quality grains of
spiritual fruit per plant of human life; those who were cut down before they reached the harvest stage
or were not able to come up in the soil at all, will be transplanted to the fertile garden in the Master
Gardener's house, where conditions are perfect. There they will receive opportunity to come up,
grow, develop grain, and be harvested.
The important thing aspect of a plant is its grain. A plant that satisfies itself with just remaining in
the non-grain bearing stage is in error and will be rooted up by the Master Gardener himself. The
whole life of the human plant is in preparation for the day when it shall bring forth grain for the
In summary, some human beings will die before they are born; others will die shortly after birth and
some will die in childhood. Others will die after reaching adulthood while still others will not die
until old age. Those who live the whole range of human experience will have all kinds of obstacles
and barriers to surmount. Human beings will having varying levels of support in this journey through
life. But the purpose of this life with its uncertain circumstances is to produce a soul that will
manifest the fruits of the Spirit consistently in the face of inconsistency. Once human life is
conceived, it must be given a chance to develop this soul, for this is the will of the Master Harvester
and the desire of the Master Gardener. What the Master Gardener desires and the Master Harvester
This concludes today's message on understanding the meaning of the truth of life. We hope you find
something in this message to ponder and pray about as you go about your day. Until next time, this
is Dr. James Perry.