“Let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.” Galatians 6:9
What do you need more of in your life? Do you need more time, energy, or money? Do you need more love, gentleness, patience, trust, or self-control in your relationships?
Do you want to bear more fruit in your marriage, parenting, job, and ministries?
Then plant THOSE seeds.
We reap what we sow.
“Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.” Galatians 6:7
Seeds do no good unless they’re planted–given away.
The more seeds we give away, the more fruit we will produce. We always get back a lot MORE than we sow.
Everything we do has consequences, both good and bad.
If we sow seeds of love and trust, we will get love and trust back. If we sow words that build others up, we will get words of encouragement back.
Just like good seeds reap positive consequences, bad seeds reap negative consequences.
When we plant gossip or criticism, we get that back–and much more. If we sow anger, then we will reap anger.
What kind of seeds are we planting?
In the sermon, “Daring To Plant in Faith,” Rick Warren says that we get to choose how big the harvest is in our lives. We get to choose how much God blesses our lives.
God is looking for givers/sowers to bless.
Farmers don’t always FEEL like planting, and we don’t either.
Sometimes I don’t FEEL like being loving or kind to others. I don’t always FEEL like using my words to build others up. There are times when I don’t want to be generous with my time or money…But God wants me to plant by faith not my feelings.
Rick Warren’s son passed away two years ago. This year, in 2015, Easter Sunday fell on the two-year anniversary of Matthew’s death. All week Pastor Rick shared that he struggled with feelings of NOT wanting to preach on Easter Sunday. He just wanted to stay home, be with his family, and mourn privately. But Psalm 126:5 kept coming to his mind. “Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.” He knew he had to move against his FEELINGS and plant in FAITH. And he did. On Easter Sunday, 2,604 people gave their hearts to Christ.
Wow! What a harvest!
“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously.” 2 Corinthians 9:6