We all sow seeds every day.
In our interactions with our husbands and children, our parents and neighbors.
We sow seeds at church.
At Birthday parties.
The question is, what kind of seeds are we sowing?
What will we reap in the years to come?
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
It is so easy to miss the importance of our every day interactions.
To miss how significant a phone call can be with someone who really needs to talk, or having an intentional conversation/play time with one of our children.
Or extra time and money spent to have a date night with your spouse.
God calls us to live fully aware.
Sometimes in our pursuit for gratification in the moment, wanting to please the self- we neglect others. We may fail to plant seeds, or to encourage growth in relationships that need our attention.
Are we sowing seeds at all?
Maybe we are just sitting on our gifts- or we have them on a shelf- or we’ve buried them underground.
God calls us to be faithful stewards of what He has given us. To seek and save those who are lost. To be a light in the darkness.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
How do we know when we are planting seeds?
Are we just hurriedly tossing a whole bunch of random seeds out there and hoping that maybe a few seeds will end up being something good?
We must be intentional.
Look for opportunities.
I have been feeling so convicted. God has been saying to me, slow down, open your eyes! See the needs around you. Look with compassion on those who are lost.
Next time you are in Walmart, or the grocery store, look at people’s faces. Watch their conversations.
Let your heart be stirred with compassion for those who don’t know Christ. Those who are wandering in darkness, and may not even realize that they need the Light.
Seek opportunities to be kind- to respond with love when others are impatient- even strangers! It can be such a testimony.
Grab a cart (buggie) for someone else. Let them go first. Let someone else have the close parking space.
Say please and thank you to everyone- even in the drive through or restaurant- even if you don’t think they deserve it.
Make eye contact and smile.
Ask God to break your heart for the lost. If you find yourself without compassion for those around you- ask for it.
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.
Do we have compassion and love for those we see that are lost?
Planting seeds is intentional work.
What will you do today to plant seeds? How will you use the minutes God has given to you?
Will we seek our own comfort and pleasure, keep our eyes down and focused on our own life- or will we raise our heads and open our hearts?
Will we be workers today for the Lord? Be obedient in using our gifts for His glory?
It is time to take them off the shelf- dig them up, dust them off.
That we may reap a great harvest- all for the glory of our God. Praise His Name Forever!
Our Father, Creator, Savior, Redeemer, and Friend. We need you. Our routines need to change; our hearts need to change. We have built up walls we need you to tear down. We have created “safety” that leaves no room for you to work. We are busy building “successful” lives by the world’s standards. Give us the courage to leave it all behind and follow you. To take up our cross today- and use our gifts to build your Kingdom for eternity. Embolden us as we seek to obey you. May we look for opportunities to serve and love others- to drop those things we think are important and to give ourselves wholly to ministering in Your Name in all we do. By the power of your Son’s Name- Jesus- we pray, Amen.
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