Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. ~Genesis 1:11-12 NIV
Today, the sun was warmer here in Ontario, Canada than it was in Florida, so the Harley was just calling us to ride. Todd and I answered its beck and call; donning helmets and biker boots for the trip.
Riding around, we saw farmers on tractors working their fields or planting crops. Many fields lined with sprouts beginning to grow. Clearly, it’s the season to plant!
I think it’s safe to say, there has never been a farmer who planted a seed of corn, expecting a harvest of potatoes. Farmers carefully choose what seed to sow, in order to ensure the healthiest plants that will yield the most abundant harvest. Farmers always plant for the right harvest.
Jesus often spoke in agricultural parables because the people of his day very much understood the principles of farming. Even though society isn’t so agriculturally based anymore, you’ve all done the seed planting experiment in school and understand that when you planted your bean seed, a bean plant was going to grow.
You cannot defy the set order of seeds producing fruit according to their kind.
Not for plants, not for animals, not for humans. Even the creation of the mule or finny from a horse paired with a donkey cannot reproduce. No matter how hard people try, they cannot break these original laws of nature God instituted during creation.
It’s illogical then for people to imagine they can plant seeds in their lives and expect the opposite result. You can’t plant seeds of discord and expect to harvest peace, to plant seeds of harshness, and expect to receive kindness, or to plant seeds of injustice, expecting a return of grace.
If you desire to see a harvest of friends, you must sow seeds of kindness. For a harvest of financial abundance, sow seeds of diligent labor. Want the harvest of a healthy marriage? Sow seeds of love, honor, faithfulness, passion and thoughtfulness. You can only harvest what you plant.
So, what are you planting this season? Make sure you plant for the right harvest!
Father… I’m so thankful for how You designed this world to function. Your ways make sense and I choose to follow them. I will plant the right seeds in my life, so in due time, I can reap a good harvest. Help me to discern what it will take to produce the fruit I want to enjoy and I will commit to sowing the right amount of that seed, to ensure an abundant crop. In Jesus Name…Amen
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