“The sower soweth the word.” Mark 4:14
“I have 6 cabbage plants and 6 cauliflower plants,” announced Tom.
I frowned at my husband. “They look a lot alike.” Tom nodded in agreement and we proceeded to plant.
You guessed it. Someone had marked the new plants wrong. We had an abundance of cabbage that year.
Another time we unknowingly planted bad seed which produced nothing but frustration. Other years we’ve planted, fertilized, and watered when rain didn’t come, and enjoyed a good crop of everything. We planted corn and got corn, beans and got beans. It’s the basic principle of life the apostle Paul talks about in Galatians 6:7.
“Be not deceived:
God is not mocked:
for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
Tom was deceived by the packaging on the cabbage plants. The words written were not true. Paul and James through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit tell us –
“Be not deceived”
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience …
For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness,
and receive with meekness the engrafted word,
which is able to save your souls.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves …
If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,
but deceiveth his own heart,
this man’s religion is vain.”
Ephesians 5:6; James 1:20-22,26.
We need to be careful the words we receive into our hearts as truth – being certain it is the good seed of God’s word that is able to save our souls. Just because something looks right or sounds right doesn’t make it right. Absolute truth is found only in the word of God. He tells us to guard our hearts against false packaging. For he looks at the heart and cannot be fooled.
“God is not mocked”
“But the LORD said unto Samuel, look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him:
for the LORD seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the LORD looketh on the heart …
I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart,
and hast pleasure in uprightness…”
1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Chronicles 29:17
In Jesus’ parable, the sower planted the word. The seed was good and should have produced fruit in the hearers. It was the ground, the heart of some of the hearers that was faulty. What is sown in our hearts bears fruit in our lives – fruit for eternity.
“for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption … For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die…
but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting … but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Galatians 6:8; Romans 8:13
Jesus told his disciples to –
“Say not ye,
There are yet four months and then cometh harvest …
Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields;
for they are white already to harvest.
And he that reapeth receiveth wages,
and gathereth fruit unto life eternal:
that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.”
Tom plowed and tilled our garden spot. It’s ready for the seed. We won’t reap the full reward until harvest time. But the harvest Jesus spoke of is ready for reaping. There will be joy and rejoicing for those who have received the engrafted word of God into their hearts. But until the harvest is completed there is still plowing, tilling, and sowing of seed to be done.
May we be found laboring –
“not for the meat which perisheth,
but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life,
which the Son of man shall give unto you:
for him hath God the Father sealed.”
Are you planting a garden this year? What is your favorite fresh vegetable or fruit? When you bite into it give thanks for the harvest and pray for the harvest to come.