Seed. Time. Harvest!

Written by  //  October 13, 2013  //  FAITH  // 

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By Sheryl M. Merritt
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You’ve heard it countless times before.  The familiar phrase, “You reap what you sow.” It’s a paraphrase of Galatians 6:7-9 which reads, “Be not deceived: God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”  So let’s really break this sowing thing down.  Sowing is defined as planting seed or scattering or planting seed on an area (of land) in order to grow crops (get a harvest).

The Seed of Financial Gifts

Spiritually, many of us equate sowing seed with tithing or giving financially to the work of the ministry.  We plant our financial seed into the ground of the ministry in expectation of a harvest.  When we sow our seed this way, we do so because we love God and want to help with His work, want to help our churches and ministries grow, or because we want to support a particular cause.  “Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)  When we give financially, we will be blessed to receive financially.  If you sow sparingly you will also receive sparingly.  So not only do we receive, we get back in proportion to how and what we put out.

The Seed of Serving

Some of us recognize that sowing includes serving.  We sow our time into serving our church or ministry.  We may sing in the choir, serve as an usher or greeter, work in the parking lot ministry, care for babies in the nursery, sell books in the bookstore, serve as an armor bearer or prepare the sanctuary for service.  However we see fit to give of our time, talents and energy, we do because the reward is great.  It feels good to know that you are a contributing member of the body of Christ helping the vision of your church.  You also get something special out of serving your man or woman of God (Pastors), serving alongside others (co-laborers) and serving a need.

The Seed of Words

We also sow with the words that we speak. When we speak the Word, make decrees and declarations, confessions, etc., we are actually planting the Word into our hearts and laying an expectation for a harvest that what we said will manifest and bring about our desired end result.  Jesus said it best in Mark 4:14, “The sower soweth the Word.”

The Seed of Spiritual Growth

Then there is sowing to the Spirit where we do things that help us grow spiritually such as reading the Word, meditating on the Word, and most importantly, living the Word.  The Bible says in Galatians 6:7-8, “For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  We must constantly fight sowing to the flesh through sin and sow to righteous living instead.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that we should do those things that will ultimately produce faith.  We can store up treasures in heaven now when we sow to the Spirit.

I have listed here four distinct types of sowing; all which benefit us greatly by producing a harvest.  Make Zechariah 8:12 your confession by declaring, “For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and God will cause me to possess all these things.” After all, God did say in Genesis 8:22, “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.”  Selah.

SMerritt2Sheryl M. Merritt
Sheryl is a writer who “creates and helps you develop a personal relationship with The Creator, which ultimately enhances the gift of creativity within; the gift He gave you.”  Sheryl’s first ministry writing was, “A Letter to My Friends,” a powerful letter, statement of faith, personal testimony and invitation to salvation that Sheryl sent to family, friends and loved ones.  Her first book, Dates with Jesus, released in 2011 takes readers on a journey of Sheryl’s relationship with Jesus forged through seven years of dating Him.   Her second work, Climbing Mountains, coming soon, is a spiritual journey with Sheryl and others covering their mountain experiences and faith stirring walks with God.

Sheryl also operates Creator in Me, an experiential ministry producing artistically and creative activities that are both challenging and personally fulfilling destined to bring out the Creator in you so you can practice a closer walk with God.

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