What Are You Harvesting?

Written by Sherri Bergmann

We are given a literal lot in life to grow whatever we want. It’s called the gift of life. We are given everything we need to make our lot into a garden that grows as beautiful as we want. Depending on the type of seed that we plant today, our lot will blossom into fruit and flowers, or into weeds and thorns.

GOOD SEEDS 

God gave us the Bible to show us how to plant good seeds in our lives, such as seeds of love. Love Him, love others. Watch how that impacts others around you. One seed is a kind word, another is our time, or sharing with one in need.

When we interact with another, we till a soil. We add sunshine to a sad person’s day, we quench the thirst of one who needed a companion, we send a refreshing breeze to someone who was heated up.

When we choose to follow Him, we plant and bear the seeds of the fruits of the Spirit, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23.

With Christ we can produce an abundance of good fruits and expand our field. We can prosper better and harvest an abundance of goodness that yields to a brighter future for us, and others that we share our good fruits with.

When following Christ and giving the first fruits of our crop (10% tithing), he promises, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” Malachi 3:10.

BAD SEEDS

However, if we ignore Christ, till the ground with bitterness, and plant seeds of anger and hate, weeds and thorns will grow and choke us, and those around us. Planting seeds of lies, hurting another with words and fists, cheating and stealing are like seeds of poison ivy. We become toxic to everyone, especially ourselves, and can lose what is most important to us. Our job. Our friends. Our family.

Our home should be a haven, a sanctuary where everyone enjoys living and feels safe. But if we don’t plant seeds of love in our home, Proverbs 11:29 states, “He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind.” We could lose our family, and gain nothing.

If we don’t look to the source that provides real sunshine and rain, our lot will dry up.

JESUS SAYS

In explaining the parable of the Sower and the seeds, Jesus taught, “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:19-23

Jesus promised and warned us, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

What kind of seeds we plant today will determine what we will be harvesting in the future, even tomorrow, the next hour, or next minute.

“A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:7–9

Every thing we say or do is planting a seed. What are you harvesting?
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