When we think of sowing, we usually think about planting seeds in a garden. We sow in the right season, usually the spring, and, in the fall, reap the harvest. Many people have gorgeous gardens, heavy laden with fresh vegetables from May through November and beyond. Our lettuce, corn and pumpkins were most surely the work of the flesh and will be used by flesh and blood human beings.
But what of these foods when we prepare to consume them? We often sit at the dinner table and say grace, giving God the glory for producing our food, not ourselves alone. We thank Jesus for providing for our needs, not only ourselves. And we often conclude by praying that the food be blessed to our use for the service of God.
This is far more than familiar words that we have come to say automatically. It is thankfulness for the crops that we have sown and the food that sustains our bodies which has been given to us not only by the labor of our own hands but by the grace of God and through His son, Jesus Christ.
Now let’s step outside the box and think of sowing things other than seeds. During any given day, we probably do not sow corm, green beans and peas. But, in our contact with family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and everyone we come in contact with, we sow feelings and emotions. We try to sow peace where there is unrest, justice where we see injustice being done, love where we feel only hatred and bitterness, and compassion where we see thoughtlessness and neglect.
We are constantly sowing the seeds of our Christian faith, whether literally, in our gardens, or figuratively in every act of our lives. Think about what seeds you have sown today. Did you sow a seed of love when waking beside your spouse? A seed of success when you got the children ready for school? A seed of self-satisfaction and achievement on your way to work? A seed of humor in a laugh shared with a colleague? A seed of kindness when you greeted the new employee and helped her find her way around? A seed of encouragement when your daughter was practicing her spelling words? A seed of generosity when you ordered a birthday gift for your son-in-law?
These are the seeds of the spirit. They are the very heart of the Christian faith and the way in which we can most surely be followers of Jesus. And when we sow the seeds of the Spirit, then, and only then, will we reap life everlasting. This is not something transient like an ear of corn or a potato, but a promise that is made to us by God through His son Jesus Christ. May we continue to be faithful sowers, remembering always that the glory is not ours, but that of God, and the fruit not only the harvest of our own work but the eternal kingdom of life everlasting.
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