Seeds contain not just life, but posterity, provision and potential. “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.”
Abraham had to face an extreme encounter. He had waited till 100 to receive the son whom God had promised. This son, Isaac was the seed. But before God could bless the seed, Abraham would need to prove whether he loved the seed more or did he worship the seed giver more.
Obey God and Sacrifice The Seed
Abraham passed the test. The seed giver mattered more than the seed. Although his heart ached by this act, Abraham demonstrated that pleasing God mattered more than the emotions he encountered. He was prepared to give God the very best rather than compromise.
He believed God was the seed giver and if he ended up sowing all that he had, “God was able to provide seed once again.” By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
God has blessed us with seed. A seed is not necessarily only money, it could include our time, talent, treasure, career, children, influence, etc. It’s when these are sown, invested or utilised the way God wants us to do, we experience fruitfulness in our lives.
We need to realise that within the God given seed is the very essence of life, which means we experience satisfaction and fulfilment in life when we are fruitful because we sow the seed. Why are many dissatisfied, demotivated or discouraged? Because they have not done what was supposed to be done with their seed, instead are hoping to be satisfied with either the fruits of others or looking for temporal elements to satisfy.
Secondly, the seed contains provision and potential. Robert Schuller beautifully summed it up by saying, any man can count the number of seed in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed. The level of provision that you experience is a direct consequence of what you do with your seed.
The seed contains posterity? What is posterity? Future generations, succeeding generations and the generations that come after us. “God offered Abraham a posterity like the stars of heaven.”
“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” The seed is blessed and because the seed contains the posterity the generations ahead are blessed.
The Righteous Sow And Don’t Just Store
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken.
or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.” That is David’s declaration and that is the truth.
Seeds Needs To Die In Order To Be Fruitful
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” Remember what I mentioned earlier, the righteous sow; they don’t just store. The purpose of a seed is fulfilled only when it is buried under the soil and not when it is stored above it.
God loved you and me that He chose to sow a seed and that seed was His only begotten Son, that by the death of His Son on the cross access was made available to many other sons and daughters. Jesus offered up His life as a seed for you and me.
The challenge is that we get so caught up, rather focussed on the fruits that we don’t do what we should do with the seeds that are entrusted with us. There cannot be fruits without seeds that have been buried.
A little more than a year ago, God made it extremely clear that we as a family, and me in particular, needed to sow a seed. This was not any other seed, but seed which we had got used to as an anchor. This seed was my job. At that time, I was at a CXO level part of the executive committee. I was blessed with a handsome salary and was truly living the corporate dream.
But the leading of God was clear – sow the seed of my career. I’ll be lying if I say that I wasn’t apprehensive, but as a family we chose to obey God. Its been a year now and God has caused us to be fruitful in corporate settings. God would have touched hundreds of people through a seed we sow.
In the last year, I didn’t have a salary, but God has taken care of all our needs. He has moved us to a much larger house, in fact, a bungalow. God has blessed us with an office space besides employing and paying salaries for six people. I was worried how I would survive without a salary, but God has caused us to pay salaries.
Amazing isn’t it? When you sow the seed and let it die for the sake of the kingdom, God watches, observes and personally provides from the granary of heaven and feeds you with the food of angels. But what is most exciting, after I sowed the seed of my job and consider what I do today, I realise that I am doing what I was created to do and the potential, purpose and plan of God fuse together to amalgamate to bear fruits for His glory.
The potential of a seed is realised only when it is buried. It seems, and certainly looks, dead, but in the dying of a seed is new life birthed, potential released and fruitfulness fructified. What are the seeds are you holding on to? Remember, “Unless a seed dies it cannot bear fruits.”
Sow Your Best Seeds
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows”.
When sowing a seed, it causes you to shake to the core, it feels like your heart is breaking into a thousand splinters. That is a good indication that you have sown a seed that cost you a seed that is precious.
What You Sow Is What You Will Reap
“A woman came to Jesus with an ala- baster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. When the disciples saw this, they were indig- nant. ‘Why this waste?’ they asked. ‘This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.’ Aware of this, Jesus said to them, ‘Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. When she poured this per- fume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’”
The disciples viewed the seed sown from an economical point of view, but the woman considered it as an act of worship. This act of sowing a good seed caused the disciples to feel indignant. Ironically, they weren’t the ones who poured the perfume. On the other hand, the woman experienced no such emotions, but probably experienced emotions of joy, peace and satisfaction. That’s the emotion that accompanies sowing a good seed.
The one who sows a good seed will not be forgotten by God. At Caesarea, there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day, at about three in the afternoon, he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.”
The seed that Ananias and Sapphira sowed was not good because their intent was faulty. They wanted to look good before men at the cost of being dishonest before God. The quality of the seed is a reflection of the quality of the heart. Their heart was not in the act of giving. Their trust was anchored more in the left over seed than in the seed giver.
A good seed will cost you; a good seed sown is much more than act of giving it is an act of worship; a good seed is never from the leftovers, but always from the first fruits.
Sow Your Seeds In The Right Soil
“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
What matters is the willingness to sow the good seed, but equally important is sowing in the right soil. There were different outcomes, although the seeds were same and the one who was sowing, i.e., the farmer, was same. So, what made the difference. The answer is the soil.
The seeds that fell along the path were eaten up by birds, the seeds that were among the rocks ending up being scorched by the sun, the seeds that were among the thorns ended up being choked, while the seeds that fell on good soil produced a hundred, sixty or thirty times of what was sown. The question that we need to answer is, where exactly are we sowing the seeds that God has given us?
We can sow on the soil of the world, we could sow to the flesh, we could sow to promote ourselves, or we definitely can sow exactly where God wants us to sow, in order that we might be fruitful. Isaac planted crops in the land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. Isaac sowed in the land of famine, Gerar, and not in a land of prosperity , Egypt, because he heeded the instruction of God and the outcome was a hundredfold return.
Where Is The Good Soil?
The place where God has planted you. The place where God has shown you. The place where God has spoken to you about. Maybe your here and wondering why is it that I’m unable to experience fruitfulness in my life? You need to seek God and consider the following questions: Is the soil that I am sowing in a soil that is blessed by God?
Am I sowing all my seeds in the right soil or is it a partial attempt, while I tick the God box by giving what I believe is God’s entitlement and the rest I sow to please my whims and fancies? Remember, weeds and good crops cannot grow together.
Have I given over the decision to God as to where I need to sow, or am I sowing wherever I want to sow and ask God to bless my decision? The bottom line is, you sow good seeds in poor soil and expect God to bless you with a rich harvest.
The Source For Seeds Is God
“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.”
Who is the provider of seeds? Is it your job, or your business, connections, your ability or your education? The answer is “God”. “It is He who gives seed to the sower and bread for food.” You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember, the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.”
Paul writing to the church at Corinth says the following, “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 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 enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others 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.
The Quantum Of Your Harvest
Give according to what you have decided in your heart. There is the reluctant giver who gives with grief in his heart and a grimace on his face. There is the ‘what to do I have to’ giver, who gives with tears. Not tears of joy, but tears of sadness. There is the attention seeking giver – Everybody look at me I’m giving. God is pleased only with the cheerful giver.
The seeds sown by a cheerful giver is blessed in abundance, that in all things, at all times, he or she will have all that she needs and will end up with overflowing abundance in every God work. Because they have given cheerfully and have sown their seeds without restraint, God, the provider of seeds, will provide them with seeds and a daily supply of bread.
Allow me to share a personal testimony: When we got off the boat to walk on water, that is, quit my job and start what God wanted us to do, as you can imagine, our income actually dropped, but as a family we made a decision not to drop the amount of our tithes, but continued to tithe what we did when I was employed because this was an act of worship and God who sees in secret has rewarded us for that small act of worship.
Don’t let your sowing become an investment strategy but an act of of intimate worship. Just because you sow doesn’t exempt you from problems, sickness, and challenges, but what is guaranteed is the presence of the God. He will not just see you through, but cause you to become a testimony and a carrier of His glory. Your life’s harvest is contained in the seeds that you sow in the soil that God shows and the more you sow the more you will reap. The source for the seeds of your harvest is only supplied by the Lord of the harvest.
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