Several years ago Reader’s Digest told about a company who mailed out some special advertising cards with a mustard seed glued to it and the following caption:
“If you have faith as small as this mustard seed in (our particular product), you are guaranteed to get excellent results and be totally satisfied.”
A few months later one recipient of this promotional piece responded to the company with this note:
“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 the principle Paul enunciated in 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.
It is 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!
(2) You reap later than you sow.
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.
(3) You reap more than you sow.
A seed. Small. Seemingly insignificant. Forgotten. But filled with potential for growth. For greatness.
A single seed of corn can grow a huge stalk with one or two ears of corn. A single ear of field corn can have as many as 700 seeds. So, one seed reproduced itself 1400 times! Incredible!
It’s amazing that we understand this obvious law when it comes to agriculture, but miss it when it’s applied to spiritual matters.
We live in a carnally minded culture that has sown to the flesh. God’s marriage laws have been ignored. Divorce is accepted. Single parent homes are prevalent. Hollywood entertainment has become crude, lewd and violent. The commercials for television are more risque’ than the shows used to be! 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 terms.
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.
However, constant complaining by Christians won’t change the results of the bad seed already sown. We must sow the right seed. The good seed. God’s seed. Jesus compared the Word of God to “seed” sown in a field. When it’s sown in fertile hearts it will produce a spiritual harvest.
The Bible says, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23).
When others sow hate, let’s sow love.
When others sow misery, let’s sow joy.
When others discord, let’s sow peace,
When others sow intolerance, let’s sow patience.
When others sow hostility, let’s sow kindness.
When others sow indecency, let’s sow goodness.
When others sow falsehood, let’s sow faithfulness
When others sow gruffness, let’s sow gentleness
When others sow self-indulgence, let’s sow self-control
Don’t focus on changing our cultural mess. But begin with your heart, your home, and your circle of influence. When we sow God’s seed, one person at a time, we can a make big difference. And produce an amazing harvest!
Don’t be deceived. Whatever seed you’re sowing, is exactly what you’re going to reap.
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman