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The principles of sowing and reaping, seedtime and harvest are seen throughout the Bible from beginning to end. It seems that God loves the idea of the potential for life that rests inside the seed.
At the onset, God created every living thing with the potential to reproduce after its own kind through the seed. Every bird in the air, creature in the sea, animal on land, and plant that springs from the ground was created with the potential to multiply and fill the earth through the miracle of the seed.
Adam was created in God’s own likeness and was given authority to rule over the garden of Eden and everything that was in it. The mandate was to be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and have dominion over it. The means by which this would happen was the seed. God supplied Adam and Eve with everything they needed to fulfil the mission he gave them, but he gave it to them in seed form. It was their responsibility to cultivate the earth and tend the garden. It was their responsibility to learn how to nurture the seed so that it had the right conditions to thrive. They had everything they needed for both their own survival and for growth and expansion.
Our responsibility is still the same today. Some things have changed significantly since the Garden of Eden but the principles are still the same. God will provide everything we need to fulfil the mission or mandate he places on our lives, but he most often chooses to provide it to us in seed form. He gives us all the raw materials we need, with unlimited potential to thrive and grow.
What we do with the seed matters.
Everything God puts in your hands is seed with unlimited potential… the only limiting factor to what God can do through you is your ability to manage what he gives to you.
This is a sobering thought. One that begs us to ask this really pivotal question… What do I have in my hands right now that is a seed?
Anything God has given you to manage is a seed. The fact that you are alive and God put breath in your lungs today means that your time is seed. Your talents and natural abilities that were woven into the fabric of your being by God himself are seed for you to use and share in order to build his kingdom. Every resource at our disposal including our money is also a seed that could see exponential results when sown in the right places and nurtured to life.
Here are three principles from scripture that we need to keep in mind when it comes to managing what God has given us.
God meets our need and gives us seed.
Throughout scripture, God is constantly reminding us that we don’t need to worry at all about our own needs. He is more than happy to provide our needs for us so that we can focus on things that have a more eternal weight and value. It’s futile effort to trust in my own strategies and solutions to find provision and security instead of just trusting God.
We manage the seed.
It is our responsibility to manage the time, talent and treasure that God places in our hands. Every resource we have at our disposal was given to us from God and is his to use for whatever he chooses to use it for. It’s up to us be able to listen carefully to his voice for direction and guidance and respond in faith and obedience in order to use every resource to the best of our ability to bring the greatest harvest for the Kingdom.
God is responsible for the increase.
It’s not up to me to try to predict or manipulate the outcome. When God asks me to sow seed and I am obedient to do so, it is his responsibility to multiply the harvest, not mine. We can’t fully understand the intricate ways that God is at work behind the scenes building his kingdom and working in people’s lives. If we want to see God move powerfully, we simply need to trust and obey.
Sounds pretty simple, right? We’ve just got one job, the burden of provision and multiplication lies in God’s hands, I only need to be able to listen for his voice of direction to manage well what he puts in my hands today.
But all too often we get into trouble when we try to do God’s job for him. If we are fixated on meeting our own needs, which is where many of us are at if we are honest, then we will always mismanage the seed. And if we are trying to predict the outcome of being faithful and sway the results by planting according to our own wisdom or selfish desire, again, we will mismanage the seed.
When we are focused on the wrong the things we literally choke the life out of the miracles God has asked us to help bring to life.
Matthew 13:22-23 NIV
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life (my needs) and the deceitfulness of wealth (the results) choke the word, making it unfruitful.
Here’s the key… If God gives you the seed, he is the best one to tell you how to use it.
If we are called to partner with God to see his kingdom established on earth, then we need to learn how to walk so closely with him that we can clearly hear his voice of direction for our lives. God alone knows the best time and the best way for me to use my seed to bring about the greatest potential harvest.
I need to be ready and willing to do whatever God asks me to with what he has given me.
Regardless of what I see in the natural.
Regardless of what I think my needs are.
Regardless of the current conditions, I see around me.
Regardless of what I think the outcome might be.
Sowing in faith means there will always be a certain amount of uncertainty, but I know that if I’ve heard from God and acted in obedience I can always trust him with the outcome. Even if I don’t get to see the results in my lifetime, I can rest assured I’ve sown into something that has eternal value.
Listen. You may think what you do doesn’t matter. You may think your decisions are insignificant and that it doesn’t affect anyone or anything. If you believe this, you are greatly deceived. Everything we do matters. Every conversation, every opportunity, every dollar we spend, every choice we make matters… maybe more than you could ever imagine.
I recently shared this message at my home church Mountain Park. Here’s the full-length audio message.
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.