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A Time To Plant
But this I say he which soweth sparingly shall also reap
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall also reap bountifully. II Corinthians 9:6
Now today I want you think about what this scripture means. Many years ago
when more of the people lived off the land and what they grew they knew the importance of
a good planting season. If they didn't plant a lot of seeds then they would not grow
enough food for the following winter. They knew that by working in the spring they would
have a good harvest.
We as Christians are often compared to a farmer. We are expected to plant the
seeds of the gospel into the ground (the sinners). Some of the ground is fertile and some
of it is choked with briars and some of it is nothing but rocks. We are expected to plant
the gospel everywhere not just on the good ground. Even sometimes we will see a tree
growing on the side of a cliff where it has taken root and grown. It is in an unlikely
place but it is thriving.
The seeds that are sown in good ground are expected to produce a lot of good fruit.
Sometimes however even though we think it is good ground , right under the surface it is
pure rock. The seeds will start out growing good and we will think it will be such a good
strong plant and because it is unable to get rooted, it will not develop the fruit it
The seeds that are planted in the briars will sometimes grow. If the briars
are cut down and uprooted the seeds can develop into a good strong plant. You never know
when the plant will grow enough to develop the good fruit. Sometimes this just requires a
little more work to get the seed planted.
Even if you plant seeds in very rocky soil you never know when one will wash
into a crevice between the rocks and develop into a good strong plant. This also may
require planting between the rocks.
What happens if a person goes around with a lot of seeds but never plants
any? Will there be any harvest? What happens if they are only willing to plant the seeds
in the most promising looking soil? What happens if they are ignoring the less promising
land and only looking for the best? Will there be a good harvest if only a few seeds are
planted? Will that person reap bountifully?
What kind of sower are you? Are you one who will sow a seed anywhere you can
find any kind of patch of soil or are you one that will only sow a seed where you can sow
a lot together? Do you care if only 1 plant can grow from a spot of soil or do you not
want to waste your time with 1 plant? If you plant 1 seed here and then a little ways on
another seed in another small place and you keep repeating this before long you will have
planted a lot of seeds. It may not look like much as you're going along but in the end
when harvest time comes there will be a good harvest.
It is not the job of everyone to do the harvesting there must be planters.
You may be a planter and never get to see the results of the seeds you plant here but in
the end when you are in heaven with your rewards you'll see just how much of a harvest you
If you are a person who does harvesting just remember there would be no souls to harvest
had there not been someone there to put the seeds there in the beginning. A person that
does the harvesting will often get the glory "oh I had 57 souls saved in the last
revival I preached" but if those souls had not had a seed planted somewhere they
would not have been ready to make that commitment. Planting is the most trustworthy of the
jobs God hands out for if it is not planted then it can't grow to be harvested.
If you are called to plant then be thankful and do a worthy job. The rewards
will someday be worth it.
Have a blessed day.
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