Updated: Dec 4, 2021
This is a question that I had to ask myself recently. What kind of seeds are you sowing? Anyone who has heard me speak before may have heard me say a number of times that "everything usually starts with a seed". But what types of seeds are you sowing, good or bad? Because we all sow seeds whether we know it or not, whether we realise it or not. How do we do this? Through our words, our thoughts, and our actions. These are all seeds that we eventually reap from (sometimes instantly, sometimes at a later date). A key thing to note is that we always reap more than we sowed (Matthew 13:23) but the scary thing is that this also applies to negative seeds that are sown. Another important perspective on this, if we look at it in biblical terms, is whether we are sowing to the Spirit or to the flesh! Maybe a blog post for the future.
Don't be deceived: God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (Galatians 6:7)
Let us first talk about negative seeds. The majority of people reading this blog post probably do not go around intentionally sowing negative seeds (I mean who does that!). But how many of us do this unintentionally? Most of the time we probably do not even know we are doing it. One conversation and just like that we have sown a negative seed about someone else. Every time we speak bad about someone to another person, this is a negative seed we are sowing which can have the effect of causing dislike, discouragement, discord and sometimes even hatred. And just understanding this has reinforced to me the ugliness and damage that things such as gossiping does. Well that is for another day. But for now I really want to emphasise the damage sowing negative seeds can have. I mean if it can be avoided then it should be. Some food for thought for me and some food for thought for you!
Sometimes it is the negative words we say to others, sometimes it is the way we treat others through our actions and sometimes it is the way we speak about others. Have you ever been in a situation where someone tells you something about another person. And perhaps a week or so later, sometimes even earlier, you find yourself seeing that person in a different way to how you previously saw them? Yes, that was probably from a negative seed that was sown. And if we are not careful, it is so easy for these seeds to grow into things such as bitterness inside of us. If you do not take anything from this section, please hold on to this. "Sowing negative seeds can cause discouragement, a lack of love and even death. Be aware of the seeds you are sowing."
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart (Galatians 6:9)
Ok, let's look at the side when it comes to sowing seeds. A very important lesson that God had to teach me while I was still at university was to not grow weary while doing good. Have any of you ever got to the point where you felt like you were constantly sowing good seeds into the life of others (e.g. helping people on your course or supporting people in their endeavours), but then you felt like you were not benefiting from the seed in any way. In fact, you felt like you were losing, because when you needed help they were not there to help you. This was me at university and I won't lie at first it frustrated me. Frustrated to the point that I didn't want to help them anymore. I was pouring so much out, but who was pouring into me, who was sowing good seeds into my life? In the midst of my frustration God reminded me of the above verse and for me to not grow weary in doing good for in due season I would reap. Which I did by His Grace. Even though I saw no one around me to help me God always came through or He would send someone out of nowhere to help. Now, was I doing good to those people just so that they would do something in return for me? Perhaps unknowingly I was, but I thank God for teaching me these very important lessons which I am sharing with you guys today. Number one, do not grow weary while doing good, for in due season you will reap if you do not lose heart. And number two, it is very important to note that we should not do good just because we want to receive something in return. Just do good for the sake of doing good and God will surely reward you.
Sometimes in life we get tired of helping people, supporting people, praying for people, encouraging people, doing good to people, not realising that these are good seeds we are sowing into their life, or that we are watering. I don't know about you guys, but it feels nice to be able to help someone else, or put a smile on someone else's face. It doesn't even have to take a lot of effort or time. Sometimes the tiniest things go a long way. Let us sow generously and not under compulsion or with evil motives or for selfish gain; God sees through all of that. You may be able to deceive the person you are supporting or helping, but my friend you cannot deceive God. And another thing: it's not everyday shout about all the good things that you are doing, or constantly reminding people of the good you have done in their life. Sometimes do good and keep it moving and let your good works speak for itself.
What is the purpose of our sowing good seeds?
Matthew 5:14-16 speaks of our good works, the purpose of them being for the glory of God. So even when you do these good works, don't forget the God who gave you the seeds to sow, for He must be glorified. It is also important to note if you are a believer, the seeds that God has given you to sow by His grace is to spread His love, to spread the gospel and for the advancement of the Kingdom. I am still learning the true purpose of sowing seeds and identifying anything that goes against this truth. Feel free to also share some wisdom in the comments below :).
And finally, what kind of seeds are you sowing into your own life or allowing others to sow into your life?
I hope that this blog post has blessed you and encouraged you, but more importantly I hope it has made you reflect and ask yourself that question, what kinds of seeds am I sowing? May He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10). I pray that God helps you as you sow good seeds and I pray that as you sow these seeds may you reap bountifully in Jesus Name, in this life and in the life to come.
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 (Galatians 6:8).
Grace & Peace to you all