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Seeds for success, Pt. 1: God won't grow what you don't sow


Nothing will grow if you don't sow

The motivational lessons found in a tiny seed are enormous! Seeds are so rich in wisdom that this will be the first of a three-part series on seeds. The Bible refers to seed over and over again. Jesus used the life of a seed to motivate us to grow, thrive, and bloom.  Planting seed produces fruit, and the fruit produces more seed, which ultimately produces a harvest.  God expects us to plant seed (Ecclesiastes 11:4) and produce fruit in our lives (John 15:16) that will lead to a harvest for the present and the future (Galatians 6:9).  

The size of a seed has no relationship to the plant it produces

It’s pretty amazing to think that in a handful of small seeds there is the potential to feed an entire nation. The universal law of reaping and sowing exemplifies the consequences and results of one’s actions. Sowing seed in the garden provides an earthly illustration of how to plant seed in our personal lives; basically, we reap what we sow. The time and energy put into any effort greatly determines the degree of success that will be achieved.               (Galatians 6:7-8) 

God won’t grow what you don’t sow(2 Corinthians 9:6)  Sowing seed and planting can be a lot of fun, but it does require some work.  A gardener must pursue the responsibility such as cultivating the soil and sowing the seed. After those efforts are completed, they must wait patiently for the seed to sprout. Although gardeners work the soil, sow seed, and fertilize, they know that in the end they are utterly dependent on God to make anything grow. The gardener can’t cause the seed to germinate, nor can they produce the oxygen, rain, or sunshine that makes the seed sprout. For a successful harvest, they must ultimately rely on God. (I Corinthians 3:5-8) One plants, one waters, but it is God who gives the increase. The one who plants must do part, and then he does his. God won’t do what we can do, and we can’t do what he can do.  

The tiny mustard seed  

The size and shape of a seed has no relationship to the size of plant that develops from it. Seeds come in a variety of sizes. Bulbs are seeds, as well as, corn kernels, beans and peas. Some seeds, such as orchid seeds, are as tiny as a grain of salt, and others are as large as a coconut According to World Book Encyclopedia, coconut trees produce seeds that weigh up to fifty pounds. Yet orchid seeds are so tiny that several hundred thousand of them weigh no more than a single ounce.  Matthew 13:31 speaks about a mustard seed to show that although a seed as small as a mustard seed can seem insignificant, it can grow and produce amazing results.   A small plant can yield a global harvest. What small seed should you be planting in your life today that you have been procrastinating on? It may be going back to school, starting a new business, losing weight, writing a book, or even starting a family. It doesn’t matter how large or small the seed is, start planting. A handful of seeds have the potential to feed an entire generation. Today’s words, thoughts, and actions will potentially affect tomorrow’s harvest, and the harvest for years to come. No matter how small or insignificant a plan may seem; remember it can’t grow unless you sow.    To be continued….

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1. William A. DiMichele, “Seed,” World Book Online Reference Center.



  • Cynthia M 5 years ago

    Great article and so very true....thanks Joanne

  • Angela Moore Duck 5 years ago

    So true! You reap what you sow and what goes around comes around.

  • James Vargas 3 years ago

    very interesting i have to preach and the Holy Spirit's been putting in my heart to preach about the seed and how it relates to us. thanks Joanne an may the Lord JesusCrist continue to bless you and give the wisdom to teach..

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    Read Mark 4:35-41 with this

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