If you do any gardening at all, you know that in order to grow something you have to put seed in the ground. Then depending on the soil of the ground and the care that the seed is given after being sown will tell when bloom time or harvest time comes.
Gardeners like to share their seeds and exchange with each other so that they have a variety of plants and flowers. However the art of saving seeds and exchanging is being lost to the easy trip down to the store to buy already potted flowers and plants.
What about the seeds we sow into others lives each day with our words? Do you plant seeds in the hearts of those you come into contact with? Or do you just leave it for the pastor or the priest or the evangelist to do?
God says there will always be a seed time and a harvest. He says some plant the seeds, some water and then some harvest. We can all plant seeds. But we may not be the one to water or harvest.
Genesis 8 v 22..."While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, Winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.".....
John 4 v 37-38...For in this the saying is true; "One sows and another reaps. I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors......
God did not say to brow beat someone into receiving Him or His word. He said to share the good news with them. To share His love and the Father's love for them. Sometimes we just want people to immediately receive the Word and make a change. But that is not always the case.
You will never put a seed in a pot and then stand back and watch it sprout immediately. The seed needs nourishing and caring to come to that point. Different seeds take different amounts of time to germinate, no matter how much water or care you give it, the seed will not germinate before its time.
God knows each of us and He knows when our hearts will become one with His. He knew us before we were ever a seed planted in our mother's wombs.
Jer. 1 v 5..."Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations".........
God knows our hearts so He knows the type of soil that seeds will be sown into. Don't be discouraged or become aggravated with a loved one or someone who you think has not received your seed. Instead, you need to nourish that seed with prayer and love. Don't keep pushing on it, you will push it so far down into the soil that it will not be able to spring forth and germinate.
Just like when planting seeds in your herb bed, the seeds you plant in someone's life does not need pressure to grow, it needs to be gently laid just below the surface of the soil. In other words when you share the good news of God's love with love, the seed will come to germinate.
The most important thing to remember is to never sow weeds in with your seeds. Remember your words are your seeds. Only sow good seeds. AMEN!
STAY IN THE WORD!