As pilgrims and strangers we journey through life:
Through sunshine and shadow, through calm and through strife;
Each day we are scattering seed as we go,
Someday ’twill be harvest—“we reap what we sow.”
Though weary and worn, and alone in your way,
And storm clouds are gath’ring, and dark is your day,
Weep not, toiling one, neither faint as you go;
The harvest is nearing—“we reap what we sow.”
Though life may appear as a cold, barren waste,
And comes no return of the bread you have cast,
Continue to do loving deeds as you go;
The harvest is nearing—“we reap what we sow.”
We’ll reap what we sow when the harvest is come,
Someday we shall garner the deeds we have done;
Then heed not the storm, nor the cold winds that blow,
Toil on till the harvest—“we reap what we sow.”
by Charles E. Orr, 1911
Seeds need nourishment and moisture to grow. When they fall on dry ground or on rocks the chances of producing a plant is rare. When farmers plant today they toil the soil first then spread the seeds, then water in hopes a crop will flourish. In biblical days farmers would walk the earth and spread by hand the seeds and where they fell they fell and if it was good ground that would receive moisture they would produce, but when they fell on dry ground or rocks or between thorns they would either be trampled on or the birds would eat them or they might grow, but would soon die because of no moisture, or be choked. They more or less took their chances something would come of it. This is basically the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:4-9 as told by Jesus.
Jesus used parables because it was easier for people like you and me to better understand, because most, if they couldn’t see something they didn’t believe and even if they heard something they might not take it to heart and live by it, but a parable was more descriptive to a better understanding, when people really took what they heard they could apply it to their everyday life.
The Bible is full of seeds because God’s words are seeds. When they fall on ears that hear and are applied into ones way of life they become fruitful and blossom and others see this and wonder what’s it all about and seek to hear themselves and thus the seed is sown. And if it takes in that new heart, it too will bloom and reproduce. If the ears the seeds fall on are unreceptive, care more for riches and pleasures, the devil comes and takes the word out of their hearts, then there is no root and nothing will grow there and no good seeds will be there to share and spread. This is pretty much the Parable of the Sower Explained as in Luke 8:9-15 as told by Jesus.
Plants need strong roots. Vines are strong plants they grow and grow and new shoots come from the base, Jesus is “The Vine” of all vines and we are the branches from that vine. When we become a part of the main vine we can produce much fruit but without the main vine we as off- shoots can do nothing…we need that main vine to be strong. When we are not nourished from the main vine we get cut off, pruned as it were and wither and produce nothing. Jesus spoke in John 15:5 and in chapter 15 as a whole that He Is The One True Vine.
1 Peter 1:24 says, “All flesh is as grass and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers and it falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” This reminds us of two truths as persecution of the church escalates; (1) Life is Short and (2) The Word of the Lord endures forever!
Galatians 6:7-8 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Ergo the universal proverb “You reap what you sow!” So, if you sow you get an investment; what you sow is your identity, it is who you are; if you sow more your return will be increased; but if you leave your sowing to a later date, it gives Satan time to weasel in and deceive what you sow and deceive yourself into thinking your actions are without sin and without penalty. Before God there are no small sins, so don’t think you can try and fool (mock) God. YOU CAN’T!
Today, more than ever, as Christians we need to be sowing…God’s Word…if our hearts are truly changed by Jesus nothing should hold us back of sharing that joy we feel. Some non-Christians may shrug us off, like seeds on rocks and thorns, we can only remain faithful and not get discouraged, that some of the seeds will take root. God moves in mysterious ways.
For instance, me and my website (my seeds)…sometimes I wonder if anyone has seen it…are they reading it…I must remain strong and have faith that my seeds are being sown. And if only one soul in need of my words is reached and grows in their faith…I have done my job. But I must not stop or be deterred, I must persevere just as Jesus said in Revelation 3:10, “Because you have kept my command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
Gold and silver have I none,
but what I do have is God’s Word
and in keeping His Word
there is great reward,
much more than fine gold.
When seeds are sown “Fruit” is produced…check out “Fruits” tract…it could be nourishing!