Sowing Seeds

planting gardenI grew up working in the garden with my parents. We planted corn, tomatoes, potatoes, green beans, onions, cabbage among other vegetables. I still love fresh veggies from the garden. My father-in-law has a great garden every year as well. I certainly feel blessed to have an abundance of food grown right near where we live.

I am still fascinated at how this works – If I plant two seeds of corn, it will produce a stalk of corn that has many ears of corn. Each ear of corn has hundreds of corn kernels that could be used for seed for more corn. The “law of the harvest” is just like the law of gravity, we reap what we sow. It would be crazy if we planted corn and tomatoes grew there instead.

Jesus told a parable about different kinds of soil. It confused His disciples for a minute, so He gave them the meaning behind the parable. Check this out…

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. 12 The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. 13 The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. 14 The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. 15 And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. (Luke 8:11-15 NLT)

I want the seed from the Word of God to produce a harvest of love that overflows from my life. I want my life to produce to reflect the Word of God that is planted deep inside my heart. In order for my heart to become “good soil”, I have to continue to cultivate it and prepare it for the Word to be planted there. His Word has helped set my convictions in concrete. I am a changed man because of my journey in the Word. I’m not resting on that, I want to know Him more and more. I want to sow seeds of love for the Lord into the lives of others.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Harvest Principle

 

garden harvestI really like this time of year because I love fresh vegetables from the garden. My wife’s parents have a nice-sized garden each year. They plant corn, cucumbers, tomatoes, green beans; to name a few. I don’t usually help as much on the planting side because of work conflicts. I usually help with harvesting as we help freeze and can the vegetables for later use. It is crazy how some years, the garden produces more than others. It takes a lot of time and effort to work a garden, but it seems to me that the food taste much better than what I can purchase at the grocery store.

Paul talks about the law of the harvest in his last chapter to the church at Galatia. He declares that it’s a principle or a law of sorts. Check this out…

Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the SpiritLet us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith. (Galatians 6:7-10 CSB)

There have been springs and early summers where we didn’t get much rain, but we still almost always harvest more than is planted. This law is universal in all sorts of applications.

Paul is speaking clearly about my relationship with God. If I want to grow, I must invest some time and energy. He is challenging the church at Galatia to sow in the Spirit instead of the flesh. Sowing in the Spirit reaps eternal rewards as well as blessing while here on the earth. I can’t quit sowing seeds of kindness just because I’m tired. I’m paying it forward and it’s always wise to do good things even when I can’t see how it could possibly benefit me or anyone else. Doing good to others is “paying it forward” – a harvest will come from our genuine, loving, good deeds.

If I sow love and care in my relationships, they flourish.

If I ignore my relationships, they die.

If I use my money to carefully invest and give; the return or what comes back to me is a blessing.

The Lord gives me counsel often on more ways to creatively invest in others and that ends of blessing others and me. I am wealthy in relationship because I love people and do my very best to show proper respect and love. That is the harvest principle at work.

Pressing On!

Dwayne