The Message (MSG)
7-8 Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
How many of us have sat in church service after church service and gleaned valuable information about God and the Bible? Now, how many of us have taken that to the streets and shared it? The New Testament tells us to tell all the nations. Share the Good News with everyone you meet! Why do we find it so hard to share the Awesome News of Jesus everywhere we go?
We are like squirrels. Yup! Squirrels. We find a seed. Stalk it out. Make sure no one is looking and then we bury it, often not knowing where it is in a few months time. In Michigan we have an abundance of forgotten about seeds call Oak Trees. I think it might just be God’s humor but they multiply and so do their leaves. Any way, I digress I bit. God gives us seeds to be planted in others. We accept Jesus, go to church and learn how to teach others about Jesus. Why does it seem like the message stops at the pew?
This is a plaguing question for many of us. We want everyone to be saved yet we know there is rejection out there and we have had enough of that so we are going to just bury that seed in our hearts and we will use it when necessary, when we come across just the right person. Now I know that we are to keep the Word of God hidden in our hearts so I am not talking about that at the moment. I mean spiritual truths that might win somebody to Christ. Words of wisdom that may make a person go, “Hmmmm, that does make sense.”
So I encourage all of us not be like those squirrels who gather and bury all day long. Let’s be doers of the Word and start planting seeds which will grow into fruitful trees of life which can be found resting along the river banks. If each one of us planted one seed the moment we left church say at the grocery store or the local park, could you imagine how many people could be reached for Jesus? Plant seeds, remember where you plant them and watch life happen right before your eyes! Oh, and one more thing…..someone once planted a seed in you.