Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Last week we read the Parable of the Sower and I shared about our little farm and the importance of good soil for the seeds that are to grow to their full potential, and likewise, the importance of being in God’s Word. As I prepared for this week, I kept thinking about those little seeds that, although seemingly inanimate and dead, are producing more seeds and fruit that will bless others beyond what we can ever know or imagine…
Let’s top up our coffees and I will share….
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
He [Jesus] told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Matthew 13:31-32
We have lived on our little farm for just over 9 years now. We rent out our land, 40 acres worth to our farmer, Farmer Bill. In the next month or so, he will begin to harvest the crop. I love harvest time! Each year I sit in awe at all the crop that is yielded; bins and bins and bins full of tiny grain or corn kernels or beans, not one of them bigger than my pinkie fingernail. It really is miraculous how one kernel of each can produce a plant that has multitudes of kernels.
I love harvest time! It reminds me of God’s continual goodness, faithfulness, and the appreciation that from death comes a new life. Everything about the life of a seed — from its time of harvest to its time of planting and its yield of a hundredfold – is all about death to life and its continuous cycle.
How similar is the life of a seed to that of our faith in Christ. Through God’s Word – even though seemingly inanimate and dead — when planted in our hearts, breaks open within us, and grows to produce a plant of faith bearing many fruits and the new life of salvation within us. For through this seed of faith, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10) What a great and wonderful privilege and honour this is… all because of this little seed of faith!
We were dead, but in Christ, we are now alive; alive to grow and bear fruit until our day of harvest. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the continuous planting and harvesting seasons of all living things! Thank you for instilling this most precious seed of Faith in Christ in my heart! Help me to always remember that through it, I am alive to live an abundant life for You, and that I have the assurance of my rebirth with You in heaven for eternity when this earthly life cycle runs its course and I reach my time of harvest. You are an awesome God and Your works are wonderful. I know that full well. To God be the glory! AMEN.
Reflection: Stop and think about how your seed of faith is alive in you. Do you remember a time in your life without faith in Christ? If so, what was it like? How has your life changed? How has that seed of faith grown in you? If you do not remember a time in your life without Christ, reflect on any seasons of drought where this precious seed of life was denied the watering of the Word. Thank God for his faithfulness and the continual guidance and work of the Holy Spirit in your life.