A handful of seeds has the potential of growing into a life giving substance, food. However, if they remain unplanted, they will only be beneficial to the dirt they will return to. In order for a seed to provide that which it is intended too it must be sown. But, if a young seed is merely, buried and left to fend for itself, weeds would take over and the young seed would turn back into the dirt that it came from. However, if a seed is cared for throughout its life, a gift will be in place for the caregiver.
Seeds are the beginning of everything we see, and if they were not cared for, what would be missing in our world today. Our homes would be non existent, no wood. Starvation would be an ever-present issue across the globe. Animals could not survive without the beautiful spring berries and acorns in the fall. But God….. He saw the need, and provided for it. Ensuring the germination of each seed needed in order for life to continue is just part of what He does so perfectly.
As His children our part is similar, we plant, we care for, we see the harvest. The planting of the seed is likened to that sharing the Gospel. The Great Commission is clear we are to “Go.” Potentially the most spoke of portion of Christianity, salvation. Indeed it is important, but, it is not the end, it is the beginning. Do you stop after planting a seed and hope it works? The command is to go, but, also to make obedient followers of Jesus (disciples). This is missed in current Christianity. Growth takes time, growth requires loving one another, growth in the Christian life could even entail you putting the needs of another in front of yours. However, too often personal agendas get in the way and the seed left to fend for itself, be overtaken by weeds.
When you look into the hand full of seeds imagine those that do not have the same hope as you. Think of the great news you could share with all those. The life change that you could be a part of, the seed you could plant. Then plant the seed. Maybe the seed has been planted, recently or years ago. It could be an old Christian friend in need of some watering and care, or a non believer that you see everyday. Either way take the seed and care for it, God cares for the seeds He created, we are commissioned to care for those around us.
Dear God, thank you for caring for us so much that you provide the seeds and the care for those seeds that is necessary for life to continue. Forgive for the times I have not cared for and loved people you have placed in my life. Help me plant seeds in people’s lives that will direct them to You. Show me daily, how I can care for those seeds that have already been planted, so that they grow towards You.
Matthew 28: 18-20
“I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”