My son and I had a little chat about the topic of sowing and reaping yesterday. He’ll turn 15 next month, which is very hard to fathom. My baby’s almost grown! He has expressed some personal concerns lately, which led to this discussion. I explained to him that if you desire a different harvest, you have to plant different seeds.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” ~ Genesis 1:11
If you want a life of peace, love and joy, you must plant those kinds of seeds. If you plant seeds of anger, hatred and violence, you cannot expect to reap a harvest of peace, love and joy. It’s a kingdom principle: Everything reproduces after its own kind. I explained to my son that you can’t plant tomato seeds and expect to harvest a pumpkin. It’s not going to happen. I asked a rhetorical question that I really wanted him to ponder: “What kind of life do you want to live … 5, 10 or even 15 years from now?” The seeds you plant today will dictate the type of harvests you will reap in the future. If you want a successful future, you need to plant seeds of responsibility, punctuality, hard work, prayer and studying the Word of God today. This applies to all of us.
“My son, attend to my words;
incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Let them not depart from thine eyes;
keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them,
and health to all their flesh.
Keep thy heart with all diligence;
for out of it are the issues of life.” ~ Proverbs 4:20-23
What goes into the mind comes out in a life. We must be careful what we place before our eyes and into our ears. Before long, we will begin to express those very things. As Proverbs says, we must guard our heart will all diligence. With every ounce of self control, we must not conform to the evils of this world but follow Christ’s example in all things. We will only know what it means to follow Christ if we engage in His Word on a regular basis. We must make steady deposits of the Word of God into our souls so when temptations, tests and trials come (and they will come), that we are able to withstand them. Conversely, when the tests and trials come and our account has a zero balance of God’s Word, how then will we ward off the evil one? God’s will is not that we live defeated lives, but rather that we are able, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to conquer sin in our lives.
What seeds are you planting today?
If you desire to have positive, uplifting and encouraging thoughts, you cannot constantly dwell on negative, contentious and pessimistic lines of thinking.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever thingsare just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” ~ Philippians 4:8
We must be deliberate and intentional regarding the influences in our lives. In the end, they will produce a harvest.
The question is – Is it the harvest you planned?