Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sowing Good Seed - With The Harvest In Mind

Donna and I grew up on farms, and from childhood on we have been familiar with planting seed and harvesting. Ever since we have been married we’ve had a vegetable garden and flowers virtually every year, and I know as long as the Lord gives me strength I will want to be gardening. I love it! It’s a partnership with God - I plant the seed, water it and pull weeds - He makes it grow and we get to share the harvest with our neighbors!!

There is a basic spiritual principle here, which applies to all areas of life. If we sow radish seed we get radishes. If we plant Bell Pepper plants we get Bell Peppers, etc. We will always reap what we sow,(a) whether it’s something good or bad. It’s not too difficult to figure out that it is always the best idea to plant good stuff. Everyone benefits when we do that.

As parents we are blessed with the fertile ground of our young children’s hearts and minds - ready to receive the seeds of our good example, and the seed of God’s Word. We have the opportunity to water the seeds, and pull weeds. They were born with weed seeds. We also have the opportunity to pray for the harvest, (the giving of their hearts to Christ and pattern their lives after Him). I believe children are the most important garden that parents will ever work in!

No matter where we find ourselves in life whether deliberately or unintentionally; wherever we go, we are always sowing seeds, hopefully it is mostly good seed. At home – at work – at the store – across the back fence – on the phone, we are continuously sowing the seeds of our character. Sometimes, led by the Holy Spirit, we deliberately bear witness of our faith in Christ. Other times we share God’s Word with people going through difficult times. We are sowing good seed!

A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!(b)

So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.(c)

Let’s Pray-
Father, thank you for the caring people, who sowed good seed into our lives and for the harvest that it has yielded. Help us not to grow weary in sowing good seed into lives all around us, and may we, by your grace, see the fruit it will produce.

(a) Galatians 6:7, (b) Luke 8:5-8, (c) Galatians 6:9

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I felt you wrote today's message just for me. Having grown up on the farm and having two young children it really hit home for me. As in farming many days are a struggle with weather, weeds, and the market. Thanks for reminding me they are the most important job I will ever have. Everyday I thank God for allowing me to be their Mom. God Bless you for fulfilling this new mission He has given you.