In order for a tree or any plant to grow and bear fruit, seeds must first be planted in the ground and the seeds lie dormant until conditions prove viable enough so that they can proceed to develop and grow. If not, the seed doesn’t get a chance to germinate because the conditions are not suitable for them and they die. In order for spiritual fruit to appear in our lives, we must first be planted in the word of God and then die to self. In the face of adversity, discipline, and affliction, God’s word nourishes our lives and fruit begins to appear. The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). But this doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and patience. Let’s take a look at the process of growing pumpkins. The seeds are planted at the end of spring or early summer and the soil is cultivated by farmers who have to tend to the soil, seeds, and crops with much skill, knowledge, and care. Even the PH level of the soil has to be just right for these seeds to sprout so that at the end of the plant life cycle, the result will be the farmers reap a large and healthy harvest of pumpkins in due season in the fall. Many of us go with our families to a pumpkin patch during the fall season and have fun choosing from this harvest our very own pumpkins to bring home. It’s pretty amazing to think that the process of all of this began with a with a tiny seed. The steps that are required for healthy growth to happen is planting the seeds, tending the soil, watering it, and of course warmer weather and sun light streaming in deep enough so that the dormant seed develops under perfect conditions and the process of growth can take place within the darkness of the soil into the seed.
Seems easy enough right? This is similar to the spiritual process we have to undergo when we first become believers and followers of Jesus. Think of all of the “seeds” that God has placed inside of you so that you can undergo the same type of process and transformation in your spiritual life. The seeds of the word were planted, then God has to water you and refresh you with his Holy Spirit and his word so that healthy growth can take place deep within the depths of your soul, just like he does with the pumpkin seeds within the soil. God then has to prune you and remove any bad stuff around you that could destroy or kill the seeds that were planted inside of you, much like the process the farmers have to undertake in order to have a healthy harvest of pumpkins. Once the seeds of righteousness were planted and specific words you heard from the bible were watered, rooted, nurtured, and grew forth within you and God shed his light on you and removed all darkness by cleansing you and forgiving you of your sins, it wasn’t until then that you began reaping the fruits of the spiritual harvest in your life. “I said, “plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you” (Hosea 10:12). All in all, let’s think of these three words: Seed. Water. Light. Only these essential elements can initiate and sustain spiritual growth in our lives. Let’s trust Jesus to change our character and grow us up in Him, “that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:19).
Lets dive even deeper into the word of God. The bible is very clear about the process of the spiritual seeds that are planted in your life through this parable of the seeds: In the parable of the sower, Jesus compared the spreading of God’s message of the Kingdom of God to a farmer throwing seeds on various types of soil. “The wayside was hard packed by much traffic, so the seeds didn’t have a chance to sprout before being spotted by birds and eaten” (Luke 8:5). In this parable, the hungry birds represent Satan’s energetic efforts to snatch away God’s truth before it can germinate and bring understanding to people’s minds. Just like you have to take special care to cultivate the word in your spirit and your heart to protect it and help nurture healthy growth to it, you also have to do the exact same with your desires, dreams, and visions God has placed inside of you as well. Lets take a look at a different way God plants seeds in your life by answering these next two questions. What dreams or desires has God placed on the inside of your heart or the depths of your soul waiting for you to accomplish in the form of a “harvest”? Is there anyone or anything holding you back from reaping the blessings of your own personal spiritual harvest? “Also O Judah, there is a harvest appointed for YOU, when I restore the fortunes of my people” (Hosea 6:11) This scripture is clearly telling us that we have an appointed and set harvest of opportunities and God wants to bless you and restore the wealth of his people through you!
The definition of the word reap means to get something (such as a reward) as a result of something that you have done or to cut and collect (a plant, crop, etc.) from a field. Picture a women trying to lose weight. She simply changes her eating habits and creates a healthier lifestyle for herself through exercise and wise food choices. As a result of her will power and dedication, she will reap her “harvest” in the form of weight loss as a direct result of the changes she has made to her life that is now a disciplined mindset of healthier eating habits. With the new year quickly approaching, what dreams or desires has God placed in your heart for you to accomplish for 2017? What seeds of spiritual gifts, talents, visions, and ideas has God planted on the inside of you that you may have long since forgotten about, keep resisting, or have placed to the back burner because you don’t believe you can accomplish it. Maybe you have fear which is the opposite of faith holding you back from moving forward with what God has placed within your heart. Now picture all of these gifts and talents as seeds lying dormant on the inside of you and these seeds have been long sitting in darkness, the soil is dry and hard, so they are not growing or sprouting forth any life just waiting for you to water them with Gods promises through His word and declaring your hope, faith, and trust in him. You have to nurture these seeds with the outpouring of rivers of living water which is Jesus in order for you to reap the benefits of the harvest in your life. “Whoever believes in me may come and drink! For the scriptures declare, “rivers of living water will flow from his heart” (John 7:38). “He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3).
Over a year ago the seed was planted for me to create a blog after sharing with a friend that I loved to write. It began with a suggestion from her that I should blog since she knew I loved to write. I didn’t think much of it until God clearly began speaking to my heart about me sharing my gift of teaching and my love of writing with other women that actually led to the vision of how I wanted my blog to look like and what it would be like. I then prayed about the name (yes I pray about everything when it comes to things I feel God has placed on my heart) and after some time he gave me the name and I began to envision the font and the layout. I had two very dear friends that stood with me, prayed with me, and helped me execute the vision that God placed within me. They shared this vision with me for my blog and they helped me with everything for it. I launched what God had spoken into existence and into my heart that all began with a small seed in the form of a suggestion. Now, I am so humbly and joyfully reaping the benefits of the fruit of my labor and I am pursuing what I am passionate about doing which is to share the word of God while inspiring and encouraging women with positive messages of love, hope, and faith every month. I am also able to share my passion for fashion and beauty on my blog. Now I am reaping the blessings of connecting with other like-minded women and by all of the encouragement and support of my readers! You are my harvest and I couldn’t be more grateful to be able to share my heart and a bit of my life with you! “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in DUE time we will REAP if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).
Let’s think of it this way ladies, if you build it, God will bless it, but God can’t bless what you won’t build. Now go and build what God has called you to build! Only you know what he has placed deep within your heart and is speaking to you about pursuing! My prayer for you is that you would pursue it with all your soul, and with all your heart, and all your mind just like we pursue and love God (Luke 10:27) and watch the harvest flourish and grow because of your faithfulness, honor, and obedience to God and what he has called you to do. “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and it has no worries in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-9). We have nothing to fear, only lavish promises to fulfill. He blesses things that are done out of obedience to him and things that are meant to expand and grow his kingdom. God wants to give you the desires of your heart. He’s the one that planted the dream inside of you in the first place! Go for it! You have nothing to lose but all to gain. You can go to the Father with a dream and walk away with a purpose. “You can do all things through Christ Jesus that gives you the strength” (Philippians 4:13) so follow your heart and your dreams so your harvest can overflow with Gods promises and blessings! Happy Harvest Friends!
With Love, Hope, and Faith,