Monday, December 19, 2016
Planting the Right Seed Ensures a Predictable Future
1 Corinthians 3:5-7
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Some think we can't know what the future will bring, and in general that's true. But one caveat there is in regard to planting the seed of God, which will always bring the desired fruit of that seed, albeit it at different levels of increase for each individual.
God's word or seed always accomplishes what it's meant to, so as long as we take heed to planting the right seed, we can know that in the future, the plant or tree coming forth from that tree, will be inevitable.
If we plant corn seed, corn will grow from that seed; it's the law of God concerning that seed. The same is true with all seeds. Whatever seed we plant will germinate and grow into what that inherently seed represents.
In regard to planting the seed of God's word and Jesus Christ, we know if we plant the correct seed in good soil, we've reap a harvest from that seed. What we don't know is God's timing as to when that harvest will happen.
It could take a few months, a few years, or we may not see the fruits of it in our lifetime. That doesn't matter. We are required to be faithful in that planting, not in the results of the planting and watering.
Many people I've talked to and observed over the years continue to struggle with this. We want to see immediate results when the God we serve looks at things from an eternal point of view. He wants what's built to last, and that many times can only happen over a prolonged period of time.
There's nothing necessarily wrong with the one planting or watering, other than being impatient to see the fruit of their planting or watering. We need to resist focusing on results and instead being sure we're planting the correct seed.