3 “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seed.” Mark 4: 3
Yesterday, I went to a friend’s shop for him to put tires and brakes on my car. He was able to do it for much less than any place else. It was such a blessing to me! God really planned it all out for me, even down to a tool that he needed being delivered yesterday right when he needed it.
On my way home, I passed a church and their sign said, “If you plant enough seeds, something will grow.”
I thought about that for a few minutes.
I remembered Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 3:6 where he says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.” We know that this is about the Gospel.
The parable of Mark 4: 3-9, where Jesus is talking about seeds came to my mind as well.
Thankfully, we know what Jesus meant because He explained it in verses 14-20:
14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
However this thought occurred to me…. If you plant negative seeds, they will grow something too.
When people are constantly saying negative words to themselves or others, bitterness, depression, anger, and feeling unloved grows.
I know, because I have lived it.
I have been especially hard on myself at times. If you could hear some of the negative things I have thought about myself, you would be shocked!
Negativity grows nasty things. Positive words grow positive things.
Love, grace, and mercy draw people closer to God.
What seeds are you planting in people’s lives? What about in your own life?
I propose that we choose the positive seeds!
Tell people how much God loves them. Let them know that He gifted them with talents and skills to bring Him honor and glory. Salvation is about going to heaven, but there is so much more that goes along with that!
I’m not sitting around just waiting to go to heaven. God wants us to live for Him daily, by doing the things He’s asked us to do.
Hug that person He told you to hug, speak life into someone who is having a hard time, buy a meal for that homeless person on the corner.
We are to be partnering with God to let His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.
So, I ask again, what are you planting?
God bless you today and always!