How Does Your Garden Grow?

Written by Lynn Mosher

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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5 Responses to “How Does Your Garden Grow?”

  • Chris Landwerlen says:

    maureen….as we keep jesus first in all we do, he will show us how to be effective in all of our ministries and callings. one thing we can never do is as the bible says, forget our first love who is jesus christ alone. following jesus example and seeking God early and first thing each day, will lead us into our desired position with christ, reigning and ruling with him. blessings!

  • Maureen says:

    How do I grow in every area of my life? Mum, wife, career, business owner, Christian leader, etc

  • Lynn Mosher says:

    Thank you so much, Jamie, for your comment. When I received the email notice of Eric’s comment, the comment had not shown up here.

    Eric, I stand in agreement with Jamie’s prayer for you. And may the Lord give you strength and hope to keep your focus on pleasing the Lord. Blessings to you!

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Eric, you are absolutely right that you need God’s help. We all do. We need Him because He is the only one who can bring true lasting change to the struggles of our lives. One of the ways that you can allow God to help you deal with guilt, fear and anxiety is by compiling some of His promises that deal with those issues and when you feel those emotions taking hold read through those promises, thank God for them and ask for His help to believe them. Trusting that He is helping you, you then decide to believe the promise rather than the lies that power the emotions. One place you can go to find God’s promises that fit where you are at is http://www.intouch.org/you/gods-promises Dr Charles Stanley has put together an index of issues and the promises of God that relate to those issues.

    Lord God I thank You for setting Eric free from his past and giving him new life in Jesus Christ. I pray that as he is attacked with feelings of guilt, fear, and anxiety that Your Spirit would bring to mind Your promises and through that he would be strengthened in his faith. Bring other godly people into his life who can encourage him and build him up in his faith. Amen.

  • eric says:

    how do i rid fear worry and what ifs and stop with guilt I came back to the lord and got healed from masterbation i dont ever want to do it again but I need gods help

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