In western New York, it seemed like spring could not decide to come and stay. Now summer is almost here. We delayed planting because we did not want our seeds to shiver and shrivel up. Finally, it is warm enough for us to think about gardening and planting seeds.
Gardeners have opened packets of seeds and submerged them into the ground. Shoots of new growth have pushed their way through the soil with the promise that more is coming. Seedlings are becoming mature plants. Soon, flowers and vegetables will be produced.
I feel like packets of spiritual seeds have been offered to me. Today, we will open 3 packets of seed promises. Join me as I plant these seeds in my heart. May our understanding of seeds begin to grow.
“Never underestimate the power of a seed.”
Plant the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of love.
Hosea 10:12 NLT
Max Lucado is the author of this statement in The Applause of Heaven. Lucado continues to write, “Plant a word of love heart-deep in a person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens.”
James 3:18 NLT, “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” Seeds of peace produce a peacefulness within those who have received these seeds. Right words, thoughts and actions are produced.
Jesus says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” We need to remember these words today!
Recently, diverse seeds have been planted in the land of the United States. Desiring new growth for racial equality, peaceful protest seeds were planted. Unfortunately, seeds of chaos and destruction also erupted. I am reminded of the parable of the weeds in Matthew 13:24-30. Both wheat and weeds grew in the same field. Matthew 13:36-43 explains the parable. We learn that the day will come when the weeds are pulled up and destroyed. For now, let us water authentic seeds of peace with the water of the Word.
Ephesians 4:32 NLT says, “Be kind to each other, tenderhearted.” A seed immersed in the heart requires loving care to grow. Lucado reiterates that a smile and a prayer are beneficial forms of spiritual fertilizer.
“Prayer is the seed for a miracle.”
As soon as you began to pray an answer was given.
On enlivenblog, Helen Calder shares, “Your prayer holds great power. It is the seed for a miracle. Prayer precedes power.”
Daniel 10:12 NLT says, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” Such an assurance for Daniel and for us!
As intercessors, we plant many seeds in the heavenly realm. The coronavirus pandemic and the recent riots have brought us to our knees. The answers to our prayers may not be sprouting as quickly as we would like. We still do not have the evidence of fully grown plants. However, every word we pray is a seed planted in God’s heavenly garden. We may not be aware of the miracles produced by prayer seeds we have planted.
(see post https://anappleofgold.wordpress.com/2020/04/15/miracles-we-may-be-missing/)
The seeds planted in the ground look very different from the new plants that emerge. The same is true for spiritual seeds. The words of our prayers look quite different from God’s answers. His answers always produce the best fruit.
“God plants small seeds in us so He can show others what He does in us.”
He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Our pastor, Robert Reeves, included the statement above in a recent message. A thought or a nudge or an idea may be the small seed God plants in us.
When God plants a seed in the garden of our hearts, are we willing to help the seed grow? Will we pursue the idea that seemed to “just appear” – or will we ignore it? Let us remember the words of Zechariah 4:10 NLT. “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the LORD rejoices to see the work begin.”
Pastor Bob added, “The smallest beginnings lead to incredible things. God’s growth in you is attractive to those about to give up.” Hebrews 10:24 NLT says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
As the gardener, God plants a seed (an idea or a thought) in us. If we plant that seed (carry out that thought), it has the potential to grow and become a plant in others. In turn, they may plant similar seeds in others. The result will be an abundance of fruit produced in a garden glorifying God. Jesus says in John 15:16, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last.”
The smallest seed of faith God implants in us can grow into something incredible. Think about the parable of the tiny mustard seed that grows to be a massive tree. Matthew 13:31-32 says, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field; and this is smaller than all other seeds, but when it is full grown, it is larger than the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in it’s branches.”
In conclusion, seeds are tiny but mighty. First, never underestimate the potential power within a little seed. Secondly, let’s prayerfully plant seeds being sure that they are rooted and grounded in love. Finally, may we rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit to help these seeds grow into incredible miraculous plants that are beyond anything we can imagine. (see Ephesians 3:14-21)
Max Lucado reminds us that we harvest seeds sown by men and women whom we never knew. And, we sow seeds to be harvested by men and women we will never see.
It’s time to plant seeds!