Keep going and keep sowing!
Today, I believe God is encourages us to keep doing as He’s asked us to do and sow seed where He decides. The important thing is that we don’t give up, even when we don’t always see great results.
The only seed guaranteed to do nothing is the unsown seed!
The importance of sowing and reaping can be seen throughout the bible. It is a God given physical principle and a spiritual one. Our view of this principle can be tainted by the misuse of the scripture connected to it over the years. But even if some have tried to fool us, God will not be mocked.
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 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. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:7-10.
God is the head gardener and He alone can say which seed will be successful. All too often, it seems people want to know the potential results before agreeing to put the effort into sowing, watering or applying our hard work and resources. We are not meant to question God on this or any other matter. We should be willing workers, who simply obey the command we have been given.
There have been many times when we find ourselves labouring and caring in a situation from which we will see no benefit. But ultimately, we are just called to obediently do our part and trust God.
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour. – 1 Corinthians 3:5-8.
The biblical examples of sowing, suggest we are to do it willingly and not sparingly. Our time and possessions are not our own, we have been given them and we should be free with our giving of them.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 1 Corinthians 9:6.
When it comes to sharing the gospel, making disciples or helping those in need of support, we must do it without question. It’s not for us to question why God might want us to pour precious resource into someone who seems unwilling to change etc. To make the decision to withhold our time, effort or resource based on our logic, can be detrimental to us.
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. 25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. – Proverbs 11:24,25
God wants us to keep sowing unsparingly, watering generously and working tirelessly wherever He leads us in whatever way we can. We need to keep giving words of life and keep on encouraging growth in others. Then as we pour ourselves out on others, so God will pour His blessings into our lives and we will be refreshed.