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Are you a gardener? I certainly don’t have a green thumb, but I enjoy trying. My garden space is tiny (as in…pots!), but that’s okay. From sowing seeds to harvesting homegrown produce, I have high hopes for my garden efforts.
Right now, my tomato plant is dying, but my blueberry bush is growing bark! Some bug ate the cilantro, but there’s a ripening strawberry on one of the plants. I think I shocked my poor avocado tree, but there’s garlic coming up even though I thought I had harvested everything in that barrel…
Despite the ups and downs of my current gardening efforts, I’ve noticed something that is consistently true. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians says it well: “Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Corinthians 9:6, NASB)
See, when I only had one strawberry plant, I didn’t harvest hundreds of strawberries. I actually only had a few. That strawberry plant has grown and started new plants, and now that I have four plants, I get more strawberries. But even with four plants, I still don’t get hundreds of berries. The harvest is proportional to the number of plants I have to start with.
Now if I had a whole backyard full of strawberry plants, then I would have hundreds of strawberries! Actually, I wouldn’t. I’d have a mess because my two big dogs would trample everything! But you get my point.
If I plant date seeds, I won’t get a pineapple. If I plant squash seeds, I won’t get blackberries. The seeds I plant determine the produce I harvest.
This is true in our spiritual lives as well. Paul goes on to say, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (Galatians 6:8, NASB)
He agreed with Job, who said, “According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.” (Job 4:8, NASB)
So my question today is, what are we sowing?
We are sowing seeds all day long. The decisions we make, the attitudes we carry, and the reactions we have, all sow seeds in the lives of those around us as well as our own. Which seeds are we planting? When they have grown and matured, what will we harvest?
I pray that we will consciously choose to be sowing seeds of Truth, seeds of the Spirit, that will lead others to Jesus. And I pray that we sow them bountifully, that we may reap bountifully!