There’s a hole in the bottom of our ‘seed bags.’ We’re constantly sowing seeds as we move through life … seeds of kindness, seeds of indifference, seeds of joy or sadness and despair. We plant seeds of righteous living or a corrupt lifestyle. And what we sow is what we have put into our bag.
And the sure and unrelenting consequence of sowing is that “You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7 New Living Translation
That sobering truth means that our actions, words and attitudes are producing a harvest that will become the legacy of our years on this earth.
We don’t have all day to get this right. It’s time to make sure that what goes into our seed bag and comes out of it, either intentionally or accidently, is seed powerful enough to change and encourage the lives of those we touch.
And what better seed to acquire than the Fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5:22,23: “But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” New Living Translation
Here’s good news for all of us who want to have a powerful and positive testimony to our lives. God says in Isaiah 55 that just as rain waters the earth and causes the grain to grow, He sends his word out (often through us) and it always produces fruit. He promises that it will accomplish the very things that He wants it to and will prosper everywhere it goes!
Don’t concentrate on seeing results. Concentrate on sowing good seed. Your job is to be faithful in sowing and watering … God’s job is to bring the results.
This week, don’t despair if the person you are investing in doesn’t appear to be changing. Don’t assume the seed isn’t working. According to a New York Times article in 2008, seeds of an extinct date palm tree were found in the ruins of King Herod’s palace at Masada overlooking the Dead Sea. Buried since 73AD they still contained life! When planted they produced the fruit they were intended to produce.
Here’s a verse of promise for your coming week:
“And let us not get tired of doing what is right,
for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing
if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”
Galatians 6:9 The Living Bible