Thursday, April 3, 2014
Sowing for Life
Throughout the many seasons of life, whether we realize it or not, we are always sowing seeds. Our daily decisions, attitudes and where we focus our life's love are sowing a harvest. Some make the choice to sow carefully and steadily, knowing their attention to detail will give more hope for a good harvest. Rushing hastily others sow quickly, not fully present in the work of sowing. They want to get it over with to move on to something else. The thought of the end harvest is far from their mind; it is only on the task at hand. Either the hasty seeds of short term self gain are sown or the steady seeds of long term life giving ways are sown.
"Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap." Galations 6:7
God has given His ways to each of us. He doesn't leave any to wonder but it is up to us to find Him and read His words. We find His laws and they are life giving. When we walk away from them or ignore them because our way is better, we are sowing seeds that will lead to a thoughtless harvest. As we follow His ways we are sowing a harvest of life.
"Self discipline is an act of cultivation. It requires you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing and a season for reaping. Self discipline helps you know which is which." Gary Ryan Blair
Small decisions made, words said, attitudes, how we spend our time and mindsets build upon each other minute by minute. These are our seeds. Each of us sows in the field that will be our harvest each day. If we take our eye off of the harvest we become distracted and forget what we are diligently sowing for. Are we sowing for our futures, our children's futures, our grandchildren and for eternity? Often, we sow seeds of impulsiveness, sharp tongues, selfishness, things done that are regretted. Then we wonder why life turned out this way; why relationships have failed. Because daily we sowed our seeds not looking towards the harvest.
"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." Galations 6:8
There are seasons for sowing, and seasons for reaping. The wise distinguish between both and keep their eyes and hearts fixed on the sowing being done well. We must begin to sow patiently. Young children's hearts and minds need years of steady sowing; relationships need patience, time and selflessness. A new job may mean sowing seeds of hard and steady work. Almost always, sowing does not produce instant gratification. The culture of the day wants instant good feelings; but God's ways produce a long term harvest of righteousness and peace. There is no temporary high, there is joy and truth.
"The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." 2 Corinthians 9:6
There is joy in waiting, knowing a job was well done and carrying in our hearts God's peace that we did the best we could and God carried the rest. We wait on God to see the results and we trust Him. Sowing God's seed requires an abundance of trust. We must trust Him for what we do not see, we must trust that He is good always, even if we never see with our own eyes the harvest of the seeds we planted. It is wise to keep our hearts fixed on the long term harvest and not be led astray by distractions and immediate things that push and pull at us.
"As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." Luke 8:15
The immediate threatens to pull us away from that which is our long term harvest. It is easy to live distracted always being tugged off course to another thing that beckons. This is the enemies goal, because living distracted and frenzied makes waiting for our harvest a challenge. Our eyes and hearts must be fixed on Jesus to yield our crop. A steady course must be charted and walked daily. The winds that blow cannot allow us to be distracted from our sowing. As we sow the seeds of selflessness, love. peace, hard work, and joy--- we are closer to our harvest.
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit." John 12:24
Prayer: "Lord, give me a steadfast heart, one that presses on daily and trusts you completely. Though my sowing seems small and meaningless today, give me your joy and wisdom. Give me eyes to see your vision of the future Lord, eyes that stay fixed on your harvest. Amen."