Gardening Tips: It’s About the Harvest


They sowed fields and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest; he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased, and he did not let their herds diminish. – Psalms 107:37-38 (NIV)

Sowing seeds is always about the harvest.  There is no purpose to seeding the ploughed ground if we do not expect or work toward a harvest.  The sunflower we planted quite a few months ago has bloomed and begun to wilt.  This is actually a good thing.  The seeds of the sunflower, the part we eat, will not be ready until the flower has died and dried.  That one seed planted in the ground, watered, fertilized and tended will yield a harvest of hundreds, each seed capable of being planted in the ground to begin the process again.

This is the beauty and math of spiritual growth.  As we grow, as the seeds of truth take root and grow in the soil of our hearts, we have seeds to plant ourselves in the lives of others.  But the seeds must be watered, fertilized and tended.  The life of Christ in us is not primarily about taking in truth anymore than gardening is about planting seeds.  The life of Christ is about the harvest of those truths, the fruit of a disciplined life caring for and tending those truths in our hearts and minds.

So how is the garden of your soul?  Are you just taking in seed after seed thinking that every new and profound idea or thought in itself will fix your life?  Are you consciously pursuing the harvest of what has been poured into your life through the work of the Holy Spirit?  Is your life helping others experience a harvest in their hearts and minds?  Are you taking the seeds of your harvest and sharing them with those around you?  This is the beauty and math of spiritual growth.

Lord, help me to be a tender and sower of seeds.  Help me to be disciplined about the truths you plant in my life so that they may bring a harvest that glorifies You.  May my life in You produce seeds for other’s hearts and promote the kingdom of God.  Amen.

6 thoughts on “Gardening Tips: It’s About the Harvest

  1. You’ve given me much to think and pray about here. And I like that and need it! 🙂 This brings to mind when I am reading too much. It is good material . . .His word or blogs that glorify Him. But I always feel like I don’t get the full benefit from it before I am moving on to the next one. Now I know what that is. Those truths need tending and watering and then harvested and shared.
    God bless you, Chris , and the special ministry He has given you!

  2. a great reminder of the great commission and our right and duty as born again Christians to share the love that God has shown us.

  3. Good words, as usual. This month I have been teaching from the parable of the sower to about 50 kids at Meadow Lane School in Anderson (Released Time). This Thursday is the last of four teachings and I am planning to get very real with them about the condition of their own “soil”. Thanks for the ideas about the harvest. I’ll use some of your ideas to help the kids understand how important their own heart condition is to have a good crop, “30, 60, and 100 fold”. — Lynn P.

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