Seedtime and Harvest

Adapted from the book Purpose and Choice by Afolabi Oladele

1) Sow always

Make the most of every opportunity (Eph 5:16)

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well (Eccl 11:6 NIV)

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant (Eccl 11:4 NLT)

2) Sow big

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop (2 Cor 9:6 NLT)

And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living (Mark 12:41-44)

3) Don’t eat up all your seed

For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat (2 Cor 9:10)

God understands the difference between what you need to eat and what you need to plant. Remember this in your daily choices.

4) A seed dies (has to be given up to God) before it multiplies

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives (John 12:24 NLT).

5) Plant what you want to harvest

The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good (Gen 1:12 NIV)

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit (Gal 6:7-8 NLT)

6) Plant in the right place Don’t plant on stony ground or among thorns (Matt 13:1-23).

7) Maintain your field

Remove weeds of unforgiveness, doubt, disobedience and deception, and water your seed with your confessions of faith.

“So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God (Matt 5:23-24 NLT)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord (James 1:6-7 NIV).

From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied (Prov 18:20 NIV)

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