How Does Your Garden Grow?
Do you love to tend a garden? Are you a prolific gardener, producing a bumper crop of everything you sow, or are you a threat to nature, killing even artificial plants? I tend to be somewhat closer to a threat! If you love to garden, what vegetables will you plant this year? Tomatoes, green beans, and lettuce are delicious. What about flowers? Do you plant Cosmos, Sweet Peas, or sunflowers? How about herbs?
If you are a good gardener, you don’t just plant seeds, you incorporate all the necessary elements to make them grow. You think about the light, planting for the best sun. You provide water and critter repellent, you probably toss in some fertilizer and plant food, all in order to have strong, healthy plants. With the proper care you know that, in time, you will have the fruits of your labor, the product of what you have sown.
Sow what you want to reap
No matter what size your garden is, whether it is a pot on your balcony or a farm-size field, the harvest depends on your choice of seeds. When a farmer wants oranges, he does not plant tomatoes, and when he wants zucchini, he does not plant an apple tree. He has confidence that what he plants will be produced. Seems basic enough; whatever is sown is reaped.
That is Basic Bible Principles 101. This basic truth is applicable to every area of our lives. As the Bible says, “For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.” (Galatians 6:7, AMP)
Your everyday life is your garden. What you sow into it grows up around you. Do you sow the things of the world each day as negative, worthless seeds? The weed seeds of pride, fear, doubt, unbelief, defeat, depression, and complaining find a home in your garden?
Do you spread fertilizer on their soil in the form of gossiping to others, hatred magnified by prejudice, or lust fueled by flirting around at work? Is there unforgiveness inflated into bitterness in your garden? Have you slipped into whining so much that others don’t want to be around you?
Paul said, “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” (Galatians 6:8-9, NLT)
Sow good seeds
Do you sow positive, flourishing seeds of the Word? Like the seeds of faith, hope, strength, health, forgiveness, humility, and praise will make your garden beautiful. Water them with joy, peace, love, encouragement, and blessing and you will reap a bountiful harvest. In whatever amount you sow, it will come back to you, as Paul said, “A farmer who plants just a few seeds will get only a small crop, but if he plants much, he will reap much.” (2 Corinthians 9:6b, TLB)
The Received Greek Text says it this way, “The one sowing on hope of blessing will also reap on blessing.” Consequently, a bumper crop of anything is proportionate to its sowing. Therefore, consciously sow to the end result desired.
That verse also says that he who sows sparingly doesn’t get much in return. If you are stingy with the good seeds, keeping them to yourself, they produce nothing. Seeds have no intrinsic value in and of themselves. Seeds hoarded in the seed packet never produce another seed packet. They must be sown!
At the end of each day, do you end up with more positive or negative seeds? Or do you have a mixture of blessing and cursing? Robert Louis Stevenson once said, “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.” These seeds are not only in thoughts and words but also in deeds.
What kind of seeds will you plant this day?
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