“Don’t be misled. .. You will always harvest what you plant.”
Galatians 6:7b NLT
With all the rain that we have been having the farmers are way behind in getting in their crops. Some will not be able to plant some fields at all with the accustomed crops. Timing has a lot to do with farming, but the quality of the seed does, too.
Every day we have the opportunity to plant spiritual seed in others’ lives and in our own. Sometimes we miss the right timing and others times we are not even aware of the quality, or lack of quality, of the seed we plant by our words, our actions and through our prayers.
What seed have you been intentional in planting lately? Are there words of forgiveness and blessing that Holy Spirit has nudged you to share with others so he can return the blessings to you? Perhaps, there is a difficult person the Lord is asking you to love, words of encouragement he is asking you to share, or secret gifts to give to ease another’s struggle.
If you want to start the habit of intentional planting, you may want to start with words. Our words, spoken in love by the power of the Holy Spirit, have the power to change the course of others’ lives. We have no idea what their impact may be, but those words of blessing, encouragement and affirmation will go on into eternity producing quiet fruit.
On the contrary, Jesus warned that on the day of judgment we will have to give account for every careless, hurtful, selfish word that we utter. (Matt.12:36) What words have you carelessly spoken into eternity for which you need to repent and cancel? Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse us of those and then speak blessing over those we have cursed, or hurt in other ways.
Then, let’s practice planting good seeds of words, actions and prayers into the future, so we store up a rich reserve of blessings and good gifts. Those are the ones our loving, heavenly Father delights that we reap.
Pray with me: Father God, forgive me for missing the opportunities you have given me to plant good spiritual seeds. Holy Spirit teach me how to improve my planting techniques. I want to present to you a bountiful harvest of good deeds and words as a sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise for all you have done. Amen.
Dear friend, may the Holy Spirit stir in you the desire to produce beautiful spiritual fruit. May you have the discernment to know the timing and the exact seed to plant. Then, may you overflow with joy as you recognize the glorious results. May your desires always be pleasing to the Father. Amen.
June 10, 2019