When most of us think of the concept of sowing and reaping, we tend to think of seeds such as finances and good deeds; but alas, the seeds we have within our very reality is much more than that we can imagine.
The dictionary describes a seed as thus: the fertilized ripened ovule of a flowering plant containing an embryo and capable normally of germination to produce a new plant; or is described as - A small amount of material used to start a chemical reaction.
From that definition, it is clear that a seed, in whatever shape or form, reproduces results after itself. If we plant a corn seed, it is safe to say that Corn will eventually grow from that planted seed right?
The bible explains this process clearly in Genesis 1:11, which reads “And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so.” As we can see, the seeds brought forth plants, a harvest of its own kind.
What type of seeds are we planting as we strive to live out the intricacies of our day?
As mentioned above, at our disposal, are unlimited types of seeds, that we can choose to use in a positive or negative way. A few of them are:
· Works/ actions
· Thoughts / Worries
· Finance/ money
Lets try and break these down a little bit further:
Words: Proverbs 18: 20 – 21 reads "20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit."
From that passage, we can see that words are seeds. Produce means “to bring forth; give birth to; bear”. So, it’s safe to say that if the words we speak are words of life, then the product will be life, either into our lives or into the lives of those whom the words are delivered to; and if we speak death, the opposite will happen, the produce of the words will bring forth death.
Actions/ Works: Mathew 5:16 reads “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven”
What do people see when they review the work of our hands. Our actions, at home, outside, on the streets, or at work? Our actions, and our works is a form of seed. The right action, e.g act of kindness, can just be that very seed to sow into a person’s life; the seed that will brings them to the acknowledgement of Jesus Christ, the very seed that will change their direction from death to life. What action or work seeds are we planting?
Thoughts / Worries: Proverb 23:7 explains that “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. As one who reckons, he says to you, eat and drink, yet his heart is not with you [but is grudging the cost].” For example, worry is a seed that can be sown, either within our own hearts or within the hearts of others as explained in the verse above. Unforgiveness, is also a seed that can be sown within our thoughts. What seeds are our thought planting and what harvest do we expect from them? Prayerful thoughts or thoughts such as as unforgiveness, hatred and anger.
Finances: Mathew 25: 14 – 28 – Parable of the Three Servants. This passage tells the story of a man, who gave his servants certain amounts of money for them to keep whilst his was away. The story explains how the servants handled and managed the money pending their master’s return. How are we managing the finances God entrusted us with? Are we using it as tangible seeds, using it to bless those around us or just keeping it for our own needs. What seeds do our finances represent, what harvest do we dare to expect?
These is just a glimpse of the seeds we have at our disposal in our daily reality; seeds that will either bring forth a bountiful harvest or bring forth weeds, the choice is ours to make.
To make sure that our seeds bring forth bountiful, God glorying harvests, we should ask God to change the nature of the bad seeds that we might have already sown and help us to make a conscious decision to sow the seeds that will only glorify him. Seeds that will bring forth grains and not weeds.
For God to change our seeds, we should:
Ask God for forgiveness like David did in Psalm 32:5, which reads "Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone."
If the our failings are within the area of our thoughts, we should resume fellowship with whomever we have wronged. To say sorry, and mean it goes a long way. Sorry itself is a seed.
Rebuke the negative fruits of our past actions, words, thoughts and financial seeds, and embrace Romans 8:8, which gives us the assurance that all things works together for good. It reads “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Revive the good seeds within us. We all have seeds, good and bad. We can revive our good seeds by having the right thoughts, the right words, the right actions and the like. We should keep doing good and not get weary as we are comforted in Galatians 6:9, which reads “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
And finally, we should receive our harvest of good things. God is a good God and when we are obedient and do things His way, we will be blessed, God way; and we all know that is Good measure, pressed down and running over as we are taught in Luke 6:38, which reads “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Have an awesome day, getting rid of the weeds, planting good seeds in expectation of a bountiful harvest; not forgetting to make him famous along the way.
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