Planting, Sowing, Reaping

“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.”

– Galatians 6:7-8

Dr. Bob Miller

Dr. Bob Miller

My wife grew up in South Jersey.  Her family enjoyed farming and for years produced vegetables for major soup companies.  I have always been amazed how such a vast project begins with a simple seed.

We spend our lives harvesting produce from the seeds we have planted, fertilized and watered.  And, the process never fails . . . if you plant a kernel of corn, you’ll harvest corn.  It’s always the same . . . “What a person plants, he will harvest”.

Plant The Seeds.  The prophet Hosea writes, “Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you.”(Hosea 10:12). We are all given “seeds to sow” . . . and those seeds are planted in the rich fields of our lives and the lives of others.  Although they start out small, they produce a harvest that far exceeds the initial seed.  Paul warns the Galatians of the ones “who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvesting a crop of weeds.” (Gal 6:7).  He gives catalytic advice that mirrors the words of Hosea, “But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” (Gal 6:8). Plant right.

Trust The Process.  Paul cautions us to not be misled or deceived, “No one makes a fool of God, what a person plants, he will harvest.” (Gal 6:7).  There are not too many “sure things” in life . . . but, this is one of the.  We plant, others water and God gives the increase.  Too often, we try to “hydroponically engineer” a process that is contrary to God’s.  Trust Him.  Trust His timing.  Trust His process.  In his letter to the Christ-followers in Corinth, Paul writes, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” (2 Cor  9:6). Plant well.

Share The Produce.  The harvest that God produces in our lives is not to be selfishly hoarded, but shared.  Paul encourages the believers in Corinth, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.’ And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (2 Cor 9:7-8). Give freely.

Solomon takes a few words to share insightful wisdom.  He writes, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise.” (Prov 11:30).  Take a moment today to plant seeds of life . . . Trust the process . . . And enjoy the harvest of sharing life with others.

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