If you’ve been in Pittsburgh for the past few months you know what a tough winter we had but now we’re seeing the clear change of seasons into springtime. Not only are the first signs of buds on some of the plants coming forth but birds are busily building their nests and the first sign of things turning green is becoming evident.
In addition to that, Spring literally became a calendar event last Sunday!
One of the things that is often misunderstood or even overlooked in the scriptures is just how significant the entire concept of understanding the “law of sowing and reaping” is that we find throughout scripture
Seedtime and harvest is how God created the earth and every seed is created to reproduce according to its kind. In every seed there exists the potential for infinite harvest.
Jesus even referenced this eternal principle in Mark 4:26-29 which you should definitely check out in your Bible. He said this is even how the kingdom of God, the spiritual kingdom, operates and so we should take note of this spiritual law as we seek to walk out our faith.
Did you know that even our redemption is a function of our sowing and reaping. Jesus was the Seed who had to fall into the earth and die that He might bring forth many more like Himself… that is you and me!
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24
That is Jesus talking about His own death which was soon to come and how as a result, “much grain,” that is many sons and daughters would be harvested that bear His image.
Peter reinforces this same spiritual law of seedtime and harvest when he says:
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, to the word of God which lives and abides forever.” 1 Peter 1:23
What we may be hesitant to fully grasp is just how detailed the Lord is with this principle in virtually every area of our lives. What we feed on is the fuel of our lives. Our bodies feed on food, our minds feed on information, and our souls feed on relationships and emotions and events. However, our spirits must feed on the word of God which is His Spirit.
“Your words were found, and I ate them, and your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart….” Jeremiah 15:16
Without trying to oversimplify this, it may be a very healthy exercise to determine which kind of “food” is most important to you? The answer will reveal a lot about your present health and your future destiny.
Those who simply focus on good eating, that is natural food, will talk about it, think about it, crave it and live their lives around it. Look at the incredible exposure of the health food industry over the last decade or two; some people are literally obsessed with what they eat.
The same is true of those who feed on information and will fill their minds with all the latest news on whatever subject interests them and on whatever of the multitude of platforms they can now receive it. There are some people that literally get depressed when they don’t have enough hours of “screen time” to digest their necessary portion about other people, about events, about trends and a myriad of other relatively unimportant things.
That’s living from a part of the soul, and if they don’t have emotional control and happy relationships, they struggle in life.
That’s not at all to say that we shouldn’t have some interest in what we feed ourselves and what we put into our minds and allow time for both of those pursuits. But my experience is that very few people spend even a similar amount of time, much less a greater amount of time feeding on the spiritual side of what they have been given to live by and that is on the word of God. It was Jesus who said, “Man shall not live on bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” Only His words can satisfy and give us the strength and wisdom above the corruption in the world today.
I don’t mean this in any sort of condemnatory fashion, but if your focus and passion isn’t on God’s word and the life of His Spirit in you, you will never be truly satisfied. Those other areas like food and information and relationships, etc., will begin to dominate your life and eventually leave you stressed and unfulfilled.
A spirit that is nourished on God’s word on a regular basis will produce life (abundant life!) and peace. This is what Jesus meant when He said
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in Him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
Abiding in Him is a form of sowing His life into ours. Strong spiritual food affects every other part of our existence; our mental health, our emotional health, our relational health and even our physical health.
As we move rather steadily into the blossoming season of Spring, let it be a daily reminder as you see the fruit of seedtime and harvest that every one of us has an opportunity in every single day to sow into our spirit life through God’s word, worship, and listening to His voice in obedience and communing with Him. If we do that as a priority, our lives will bear great fruit and bring much glory to God, which is what He intended when He established this law that has ruled on this earth ever since the first days He created it.