It is gardening season again. On my way home from work the other day, I noticed one of my neighbors’ gardens. No weeds. Beautifully manicured with everything from egg plant to tomato plants growing in neat rows. I stopped to say hello and get a closer look. I’ve always enjoyed gardening; its finding the time to do it that makes it hard for me. A garden needs devotion and care.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…”
Unless you sow the seeds, you will not have a harvest. My yard does not have the garden my neighbor has. I will not have the vegetables my neighbor will have either. (On an aside, I’m hoping he’ll share!) But the natural order is first you sow, then you reap. It is always in that order and will never be any different.
My question to you, “What are you sowing that you will reap?”
Some of you are sowing seeds of destruction. Your life is in disarray. You are doing selfish sinful acts. Without a doubt, you will harvest devastation and soon. Some of you are sowing seeds of debt. Your spending is out of control. You have no savings. You live paycheck to paycheck. And your credit card debt is piling high. You will harvest financial ruin. Some of you are sowing seeds of negative attitudes and anger. You speak roughly to your children. You criticize your spouse. You tell yourself you are nothing. You will harvest a lifestyle equivalent to your words.
If you want to reap a good harvest, you’ve got to sow good seeds. If you choose to sow righteousness, you will reap mercy. If you choose to sow love, you will harvest the favor of the Lord. If you choose to sow obedience, you will harvest God’s plan for your life.
What are you sowing? Today, evaluate the seeds you are putting in the grounds of your life. Some of you may need to till your gardens and start planting; some may need to get rid of bad seed and start fresh; and some of you may need to pull some weeds and tend to your gardens; whatever your case may be, start today, for what you sow today, you will reap tomorrow. It is up to you.