Tuesday, 06th July 2021
John 12:24 – Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
What does a farmer do when he’s got a barren field? He doesn’t complain about it. He doesn’t even have to pray about it! He just goes out and starts planting some seed, because nothing is going to happen until he plants the seed. He can pray all he wants, but it’s not going to produce a crop. He’s got to plant some seed.
Maybe you think you’re waiting on God. You think you’re waiting on God for that job. You think you’re waiting on God for a spouse. You think you’re waiting on God for the windfall. God says, “You think you’re waiting on me? I’m waiting on you! I’m waiting for you to plant a seed.”
Everything in life starts as a seed: a relationship, a marriage, a business, a church. And nothing happens until the seed is planted.
Why does God require us to plant a seed? Because planting is an act of faith. You take what you’ve got, and you give it away. That takes an act of faith! And it brings glory to God.
Jesus described this principle of sowing and reaping when He was trying to explain why He came to Earth to die on the cross. In John 12:24 Jesus said, “Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds”.
Jesus was saying, “People will be saved and go to Heaven because of my death and Resurrection. I’m going to plant a seed, and the seed is going to be my life.”
Here’s the principle of sowing and reaping: Whenever you have a need, you plant a seed. If you need more time, give more time to your kids. If you need more money, give it away to someone who needs it. If you need more wisdom, share what wisdom you have with others. Give yourself away!
You can’t plant mangoes to harvest apples. Note, Jesus gave His life as a seed so lives can be saved. He gave away His life so we can have eternal life. He is the seed of salvation and because of His dying on the cross, many have been saved.
It may not make sense to give away something that you need more of, but that is exactly the kind of attitude that God wants to bless and that will produce fruit in your life. When you have a need, just plant a seed!
Saturday, 03rd July 2021
1 Kings 8:57-58 – May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors; may He never leave us nor forsake us. May He turn our hearts to Him, to walk in obedience to Him and keep the commands, decrees and laws He gave our ancestors.
Today is the last day that we’re looking together at timing. We’ve looked at times God wants you to move quickly and times when you should take life slowly. Let’s look at two more times when God wants you to slow down.
First, move slowly when you’re making any major decision. The book of Proverbs says a lot about this. Proverbs 21:29 says, “Wicked people bluff their way, but God’s people think before they take a step”.
And Proverbs 4:26 says, “Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure”. What does ponder mean? It means to think about, meditate on, or carefully consider. You can’t ponder quickly.
When do you need to ponder your path? When you’re making big decisions—maybe about a career move, ministry change, marriage partner, business investment, or major financial purchase.
The number one place unthinking decisions happen is in our spending. That’s why so many people are in debt. The solution? “Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough” (Proverbs 21:5).
The last time to move slowly is when you’re waiting for a seed you’ve planted to grow. The Bible talks a lot about sowing and reaping. When you plant a seed, you harvest a crop.
This happens in every area of your life. If you plant kindness, you reap kindness. If you plant gossip, you reap gossip. If you plant generosity, you reap generosity. Whatever you sow, you will reap.
But there is always a delay between planting and harvest. You don’t put a seed in the ground and have an apple tree the next day.
And remember that in the laws of planting and harvesting, you get back more than you planted. When you plant one kernel of corn, you don’t reap just one kernel. You reap a corn stalk with several ears of corn, each covered in kernels. One seed multiplies, and you get back more than you planted.
Maybe you feel like you’ve spent a long time waiting for the harvest. Here’s a promise for you: “At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting—it will happen!” (Habakkuk 2:3).
_As you start the second half of the year, know that you can trust God’s timing. Sometimes God wants you to go fast and sometimes He says to go slow, but His speed is always just right.
Solomon was one of the great kings in the Bible. Let’s start the second half of the year praying the same prayer he did: “May [God] keep us centered and devoted to Him, following the life path that He has cleared, watching the signposts, walking at the pace and rhythms He laid down for our ancestors” (1 Kings 8:58 The Message). In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
HAVE AN AMAZING WEEKEND