Key Scripture: Matt 13:4-9
Many think every time that one talks of sowing and reaping, they think about money. Many have locked themselves to giving but it’s more than that. Every time Jesus wanted to pass a message that he wanted people to know he used the biblical principles that will make them successful using the natural or visible to explain the spiritual.
Jesus is using the parable of the sower to make believers know what it takes to be successful and established. He talks of 4 types of grounds which the farmer scattered seeds.
- Wayside – the birds came and devoured the seeds
- Stony places – the sun scorched the seed as it begun to germinate and grow. And they were no roots eventually they died.
- Thorny ground – choked the seed
- Good ground – the seed grew and yielded a crop some 30, 60, 100-fold.
- Every serious farmer understands the principles of sowing and reaping. Let him who has ears hear what is the Spirit is saying. Every serious farmer understands the principles of sowing and reaping.
- Gal 6:7 – Do not be deceived for God cannot be mocked, for whatever a man sows that will he reap. Jesus is principled. No farmer goes out and scatters seed and reap a great harvest without considering the kind of seed, type of seed and soil.
- Every seed has the potential to produce after its kind: You cannot sow maize seeds and expect to reap beans. Whatever you sow that will you reap. All truth is parallel as it is in the natural so it is in the Spiritual.
- Whatever you do or say and the choices you make in life have the potential to produce a corresponding harvest. What do you say about people or how do you treat people? Job 22:28 – you will declare a thing and it shall be established or whatever you sow you will reap.
- Prov. 6:2 you are snared by the words of your mouth. We are what we are today based on what we say, our attitudes affect you, we could be struggling because we have been sowing the wrong seed.
- Don’t expect to get something from others that you are not practicing: Don’t expect others to treat you well when you don’t treat them well. To be loved when you don’t show love.
- Whatever you do today is directly proportional to what will happen to you tomorrow.
- Be a reflection of whatever you desire from other people: If you want respect sow respect, love sow love. You cannot sow wrong seeds and expect good or Gods blessings. Don’t expect Gods blessings if you are walking in disobedience. Prosperity if you are not tithing.
Seed of time: What time do you come to church. It has a ripple effect. If you honor people’s time so will you reap. We report to work early but come to church late. You have an appointment with the Pastor and you come late. Time is a seed. Forget African time. Time is a resource given to all of us. Learn to be a timekeeper.
Seed of money: when you sow 10,000 you reap more than. You sow money you reap Gal 6;7 there is no seed that doesn’t have returns
Seed of attitudes: What is your attitude towards your neighbour. What is in your mind about that other person. If you have a negative attitude you should stay or buy them coffee so as to know them. Don’t be quick to believe what people say about others. No time to listen to gossip or slander. See people through the lenses of what God created them and their purpose.
Seed of Behaviour: How do you behave, how do you express yourself to other brethren, handle them, do you treat them as assets or liabilities. Don’t focus on the colour of skin or the way they look. That person you don’t celebrate could be your answer. Behave
Seed of Character: your character speaks more than your charisma; it talks of who we are not just in church but anywhere else out there where men cannot see us.
There is a reason God brought us here in LCC. God brought them to make us better. You are therefore to guard against wrong seeds.
- Deal with the seed of selfishness. It kills relationships.
- Unforgiveness & Misunderstanding happen because we see things differently. But conflict doesn’t mean we don’t love each other.
- Wrong motives can be seeds. Why do we get into relations…?