Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | May 19, 2015

May 19, 2015 “Sow What?”

“What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” (Galatians 6: 7-8)

 

 

 

Good Morning My Dear Friends!

Most of my early years were spent growing up in one of the richest agricultural regions of the nation…Lancaster County, PA. Each year, one could look forward to a rich harvest of juicy tomatoes, delicious corn on the cob, and fresh produce of all kinds. Last summer, my wife and I returned to that idyllic setting and enjoyed the fruits of the labor of local Amish farmers who diligently tended to their fields, once again reaping an abundant wealth of succulent fruits and vegetables. It was a good summer to be back home. and enjoy tomatoes that actually had flavor, quite unlike those usually shipped in from other countries and stocked in the shelves of local grocery stores. As you drive through Pennsylvania in the summer months and see those cornfields, it should be noted that most of that corn is grown to feed the cattle also raised by the farmers of the county, which means milk and dairy products…sweet butter, cottage cheese, and my personal favorite…ice cream! I thank God for farmers!

It should be understood that these wonderful benefits we enjoy don’t just happen on their own. In order to reap a rich harvest, the farmers must begin with the important task of preparing the land with plowing and sowing. Just storing up seed in the barn will result in no rich harvest. In fact, about all that would grow in their stead would be weeds…utterly useless.  This analogy was utilized by Paul in his epistle to the Galatians. What a person plants is what a person will harvest. You reap what you sow! Many of us have benefited from being raised up in the Word. We have heard it proclaimed. We have read it ourselves. We have reaped a rich harvest in our lives. But what are we then to do with this harvest of righteousness? We are called upon to sow more seeds. The Amish farmers of Lancaster county, once the harvesting is done, begin work on the next harvest. They continue to sow their seeds. Baptist preacher Adrian Rogers once wrote,

“It’s what you sow that multiplies, not what you keep in the barn.”

Seed kept in the barn will be just that, and will bear no further crop. It constantly needs to be sown to produce a new harvest. Paul says, “the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.” It’s great that the barn is full, but sowing time never ends. Continue to sow the seed that God has entrusted to you, that others may also enjoy the rich harvest of God’s abundance. Let’s pray!

God of the Harvest; May I with diligent resolve and joyous abandon continue to sow the seeds of your goodness and grace wherever I go, trusting in you to bring forth it’s bounty so all may come to enjoy your goodness. This I ask in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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