Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Be Mindful of Your Seeds




"And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed." I Corinthians 15:37-38


I have often marveled at the amount of parables and teaching that comes out of the principle of sowing a seed. The object of the seed is used by Jesus to make many different points of great meaning. It’s a word picture that is easy for us to understand and relate to our lives.

Today, as I read scriptures about the parables of seeding, I thought about my husband and the way he farms his wheat land. He is a good farmer, and always does a great job at doing all the proper things in the proper order. It’s imperative for us to reap a good crop every year. But I wonder what would happen if by some careless mistake my husband planted all the wrong seeds?

What would he do? Would he tear up the entire field to start all over with the planting process? Cost prohibitive. Would he just take whatever plant happened to grow and make something out of it? Most unlikely. Would he have a nervous breakdown? Probably.

Seriously, I think my own parable tells us that we should be careful what seeds we are planting. They will grow, they can’t help it. But what will they produce? I want only the best and most productive seeds planted in my life. I never want my farming efforts to be in vain, producing a product that will offend, mislead, or damage someone else. I want to help feed the world with good fruit. I know you do too. Be mindful of your seeds – before you plant them.

Dear Lord, bless my seeds and make them into fruit You can use. Forgive me when I am careless.

4 comments:

  1. A very thought-provoking post. To what we eat, to what we say to others, to what we say to ourselves, are all planting new seeds or cultivating ones that are already growing. What do I want to grow? May they not be seeds of envy, jealousy, impatience etc. but seeds of love. Thanks for this!

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  2. Hi Lynn, I think you hit on a key issue, what we say to ourselves. I dont think we realize how significant our self-talk is to our spiritual growth. Something I need to constantly remind myself about.

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  3. "We should be careful what seeds we are planting. They will grow, they can’t help it. But what will they produce? I want only the best and most productive seeds planted in my life."

    This is so incredibly true!!!

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  4. Hi Julie,
    You are so right, they cant help but grow...that puts the pressure on doesnt' it?

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