Monday, December 28, 2015

Basic Gardening Instructions

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

Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. Psalm 26:5

Don't be misled--you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7

Planting seeds is the start of a process. Harvesting is the end of that process. Planting is the work that isn’t necessarily fun. In fact, starting any process or project is often difficult, even tear generating. I am impressed by how many amateur gardeners spend a lot of money to buy plants that are well established, and just plant the partially-grown plants, without saving money by buying a whole lot of seeds for a little money. Why not? It saves a lot of work! Skip the trouble, the pain, the affliction, if you can. Just enjoy a little of the growth process, and have fun reaping the harvest.

In God’s economy, planting isn’t optional. As Galatians implies, we plant a wide variety of seeds, some more worth growing than others. Serving God may have a difficult beginning packed with resistance and affliction. So is character development. So is dealing with sin. But, as the above verses show, the harvest can be really abundant.
by beanscot's husband

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