Remember this; Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6 NIV
I love springtime. It’s a time of renewal and rebirth. When I think of spring, I think of warmer days and cooler evenings. The trees turn from brown to green and the flowers stretch their stems to the sky, showing off their colorful blooms to brighten the scenery. Springtime is like a symphony of colors coming to life. Bulbs that were planted in fall push through the soil, ready to announce the arrival of springtime. It’s also a time to plant seeds; the ground is softening, allowing seeds to be planted so new growth has time to take root before the harshness of summer. Sowing seeds is a delicate balance of timing and dedication, making sure the seed has the proper environment to produce the best result.
As Christians, thankfully we don’t have a growing season. We don’t have to wait until fall or spring to plant seeds. Of course I’m not talking about the literal word “seeds”. I’m talking about our duty as Christians to share God’s love and message of hope with those around us. We are God’s gardeners. All of us, as Christians, are in different stages of growth. Some of us are mature trees while others of us are simply little saplings. Those who consider themselves mature in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ but are not sowing seeds may not reach their full potential. As the verse in 2nd Corinthians states, “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.” The little sapling Christian may not have as much knowledge as the mature tree, but if they are proclaiming God’s goodness to all who will hear then they will, “Also reap generously.”
Each one of us bears a responsibility to sow God’s seeds. Sowing can come in many different forms and look many different ways. An example of how we can be obedient to Christ’s calling is in our communities and neighborhoods, by being kind to our neighbors and getting to know them on a personal level, asking them if they have a church home and inviting them to church. Maybe we call a friend we haven’t spoken to in a while and see if they’d like to meet for coffee and invest time listening to them and finding out how we can pray for their needs. If you feel God calling you to step out of your comfort zone, maybe you need to gather a group together to lead a Bible study in your home. These are just a few ways we can sow the seeds of God in others.
For the past several years our Women’s Ministry at First Baptist Grapevine has posted a bi-weekly blog called, “Sow and Gather.” The Sow and Gather blog was a ministry to reach individuals both inside and beyond the walls of the church who needed encouragement or a word from God. For those of us directly involved in the process of either planning, writing, editing or posting, it’s been a joy to be a part of this amazing group of women who truly love the Lord. God has done amazing things with this ministry, and although it has been a blessing to so many, it is time to sow our seeds and gather in a different way for Christ. This will be the last post for the Sow and Gather blog. We appreciate all of you who have, “followed, liked, shared, and commented” over the years. Thanks!
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Are you sowing seeds for Christ or are you reluctant because it’s out of your comfort zone? Think of areas of your life where you may need to step out of your comfort zone to be obedient to Christ. If you attend a local church, asking someone to accompany you to a church event is usually an easy first step.
Dear Heavenly Father, let me be a gardener for You by sowing the seeds of love and hope in the hearts of others. Present me with opportunities where I can step out in faith and be an encourager to someone this week. Help me to continue to sow and gather for You Lord. Amen
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