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We’re Planting Seeds

July 22, 2011

     I have a wonderful devotional that I enjoy reading.  It is “Sparkling Gems from the Greek” by Rick Renner.  Today all words in quotations are quoted from that book.

     We are all gardeners.  Our gardens are our own lives and the lives of our families.  As gardeners we must sow seed, fertilize, weed and harvest.  There is waiting involved and the uncertainty of the weather.  Storms come along which threaten our crops and droughts cause our crops to dry and wither.

     The main ingredient, though, in gardening is the seed.  If there is no seed, there is no garden.  A farmer knows that there is a season for planting.  They do not plant in winter, expecting a harvest.  They must plant at the right time.

     The Bible tells us that there is fruit that a Christian should produce.  To produce this fruit, you must plant the appropriate seed.  “Regardless of whether it is a plant, an animal, or a human, all fruit is produced from some kind of seed.  If there is no seed there is no fruit – and the kind of seed that is sown will determine the fruit that will be produced.  Apples always produce apples; oranges always produce oranges; dogs always produce dogs; cats always produce cats; humans always produce humans.  The character of the seed determines the fruit.”

     “Does a vinedresser worry that his grapevines might produce oranges?  Of course not!  He knows that grapevines only produce grapes.  Does the owner of an orange grove run to the orchard to see if his trees produced watermelons? Of course not!  He knows his trees will produce oranges because orange trees only produce oranges.”

     “The same principle holds true in the spiritual realm.  To get what you want, you have to plant the right seed, because seed always produces fruit after its own kind.”

     The fruit that we desire in ourselves and our children are the fruit of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.

     My observation in my own life produces my question for you today:  What seeds are you planting by the lifestyle that you live?

     A busy life produces what?  The busyness seed actually has a variety of fruit that it produces; discontentment, stress, mistakes, clutter, stuffed emotions, incomplete or wrongly done projects, missing out on special times, even rebellion.

     We actually thought all of these were the weeds growing in our gardens, but they actually were the seeds that we planted.  We wanted fruit in our lives and in the lives of our families but we didn’t plant fruit seeds we actually sowed weeds into our own gardens.

     The principle of “sowing and reaping” is a vitally important principle that is at work in our lives.  We cannot ignore it.  We are planting all the time.  Our thoughts are seeds.  Our words are seeds.  Our actions are seeds.  We cannot desire one outcome; well behaved, godly, world changing children, if we are sowing weeds.  Busyness is a weed.  Rushing is a weed.  Lack of family time is a weed.  Fast food and a fast life are weeds.

     Today, before you lies a beautiful field of tilled soil.  What seeds will you sow?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. scott kaufmann permalink
    July 22, 2011 11:39 am

    I like this one a lot!!!! I think I need some new seeds…..but I have plenty of manure if you need some extra fertilizer.

    • July 22, 2011 12:08 pm

      You are classic, one of a kind and wonderful. You possess many wonderful seeds, you just need to sow them. Not only will you enjoy the harvest but so too will all those around you. You have already started sowing many good seeds. Just remember to keep your hand out of the weed sack. You are a joy to my life!!

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