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July 22, 2014, 9:01 am

Nurture the seed the Lord has given you

The whole idea of seeds and harvest comes to mind when one thinks of investing for the future. Plant now and reap the benefit later. Now if you can think of yourself as seed, then what fruit are you expected to bear? What will God harvest from his investment in you? I mean, the thought of being seed for the Lord’s harvest can be daunting, but I’m told Christ was the initial seed and we are fruit from his planting. So what should we be about for the coming of our harvest? My first thought is there will be no harvest if the soil is not tended and nurtured. You know what I mean. You got to water seed, then plants and voila, you get fruit! So if you’re the caretaker for your own crop, how are you cultivating yourself so that the fruit you bear is pleasing to your God and mine?

If you want to know the truth, I’m uncomfortable even thinking about this, let alone responding to it. It kind of puts a whole new slant on what I should be doing, saying and yes, even thinking. From my analogy, the end result should be a crop. Is that good deeds that people see? Is that good behavior that folk respect? Is it a spirit that can be identified as one that belongs to the Lord? Is it all of the above? All I know is that I have some responsibility in all of this and it starts with where my head and heart reside. I need to prepare me to be good soil in a manner that the Holy Spirit can hang out and others can relate to. “But the seed on good soil stands for those with noble and good heart, who hear the Word, retain it and by perseverance produce a crop.” Luke 8:15. Being as simplistic as I can be, I imagine that somebody has to benefit from the crop that I produce. Others should be able to partake of my fruit, if I bear any, right? So the intent of the one who sowed seed in me is for me to benefit others. Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed, and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through (us) your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9: 10-11. The part that blows me away is what you get for this. “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourself, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.” 2 Corinthians 9: 12-14.

So if I got this right, there’s a tremendous reward for taking care of yourself in the name of Christ, in doing his bidding. Your storehouse will increase. Others will see your favor with God and bless you, so to speak. You are exalted to a place where you actually strengthen others spiritually. They appreciate it and thank God for you, thereby guaranteeing you even more seed. Now that’s bearing fruit, I suppose and the sower generates the desired crop in you. I guess what I’m discerning is, God’s grace is awesome and if I can accept what he’s done for me and to me, then I need to allow him to work through me. I guess I just never saw myself as a farmer. What about you? Change your perception of you and you can change your world and the world of those around you. Think about it.

May God bless and keep you always.