As I consider all we have read this early Monday morning I’m feeling in my heart a swelling as I realize that there is a common thread that runs through the twenty-one chapters we have considered thus far. Each recounted event involves two key elements: 1.) The person hearing the Lord’s voice; and 2.) the person choosing to agree with and do what they heard.
KEY VERSE: Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:11-12 (NKJV, emphasis mine.)
This really jumped out at me. I then noticed in Genesis 8:22 that God ordained Seedtime and Harvest in His covenant with Noah. Seedtime and Harvest.
Here is what I sense I’m hearing from God about seeds and fruit. “The fruit bears seed inside itself.” God’s Word equals the seed. But, the planting of that seed requires fruit that came before so the seed could be planted.
Each of us who sits at a keyboard typing out our growing faith is the result of someone else bearing fruit that had seed within itself. The harvest brings forth the very seeds that bless those that come behind us. What happens to the seed is important – I keep thinking about what would have happened to us had the person who planted the seed in our hearts would not have given away the fruit of their harvest.
How is it that people miss the opportunity to give their seed away?
1.) Hoarding it. Storing it up for that someday that never seems to come. We study, pray and hear the voice of God in our daily life, but we sit idly by and do nothing with it. Maybe fear paralyzes us and keeps us from it. Maybe we just don’t want to risk it. Let’s face it – some people may not want what we are offering.
2.) Ignoring it. Worse than keeping it all for ourselves, we just pretend we didn’t know. But, God knows the truth.
3.) Consuming it. We keep feasting and feasting on the fruit of our harvest and never look outward to see who might share in it’s benefits.We never plant again for another harvest.
GIVE. IT. AWAY. Give away the seed of your harvest away. Plant it into the lives of others and watch for it to grow. That’s the power of seedtime and harvest – God established it to bring forth new life in its season. Spiritually and Physically seedtime and harvest.
I’ll be back a little later today to share more thoughts. I’ve just been enjoying the Lord’s presence and His Spirit highlighting Scriptures for me as we work our way through the tissue-paper pages of His Holy Word.
Here is the link to this week’s post: http://michellebentham.org/2011/01/10/blog-through-the-bible-genesis-1-21/
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