“Reader’s Digest” once told the story about a company who mailed out some special advertising business post cards with a mustard seed glued to it. The following caption read something like this: “If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in ( our product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied.”
— Signed, The Management
A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece wrote back to the company and said, “You will be very interested to know that I planted the mustard you sent on your advertising card and it has grown into a very healthy plant producing wonderful tomatoes!”
This story reminds me of Galatians 6:7-8.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
There is a divine law that cannot be dismissed. Ignored. Or flaunted. The law of sowing and reaping. It involves three principles:
(1) You reap what you sow.
(2) You reap later than you sow.
(3) You reap more than you sow.
It’s obvious in the realm of nature. A seed of corn is planted in the soil. Only corn will be the result. Not beans. Not watermelons. You get corn! And when you plant a tomato seed you won’t get a mustard tree!
The harvest comes at a later date. Not the next day. Or the next week. No one rightly expects the fruit of their labor to be rewarded overnight. It takes cultivation. Fertilizing. Rain. Sunshine. It takes time. Then comes the harvest.
It’s amazing that we understand the obvious law when it comes to agriculture, but miss it when it’s applied to spiritual matters.
The other night Bill O’Reilly was discussing cultural problems relating to poverty, violence and drug abuse. My ears perked up when he said it was due to the disintegration of the home. He said what drives the problem was babies being born out of wedlock! Absentee fathers. And children growing up resentful with no supervision.
When Bill interviewed Dr. Charles Krauthammer, he admitted this was a cultural problem, but said Bill didn’t have a solution. O’Reilly said we need public service ads discouraging girls getting pregnant and having babies out of wedlock.
Krauthammer ridiculed the notion that public service announcements targeting unwed motherhood could make a difference. “We have had public service announcements on drugs for fifty years and it doesn’t accomplish anything. Some problems do not have easy solutions, some problems are cultural, generational, and will take a long time to change.”
Krauthammer is right. But the solution is one that people don’t want to discuss. Or even consider. It is getting back to God! It is honoring the teaching of Jesus Christ. It is sowing the seed of God’s Word into the hearts of mothers and fathers. And boys and girls.
In the past 50 years we have sown to the flesh. God’s marriage laws have been ignored. Divorce is accepted. Single parent homes are the norm. Entertainment out of Hollywood has become crude, lewd and violent. Condoms are dispensed in schools instead of Bibles. Sexual activity among our youth is not only accepted, but encouraged.
God has been removed from the public square. Evolution is the accepted answer for our existence. And Creationism is ridiculed. Christianity is mocked. The Bible is dismissed as outdated and old fashioned. And anyone who would dare to speak up in favor of the Judeo-Chrisitan values on which our country was founded is denounced in the most vitriolic and vulgar manner.
More laws. Stricter regulations. Tighter controls. Public service ads. These won’t solve our problems. The sickness of our society is spiritual. A return to Jehovah God and his Holy Word is the only answer. We must sow the seed. The right seed. And it will produce dramatic results.
“Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, ince you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” (1Pet. 1:22-23)