Biblical principles of Sowing and Reaping by Pastor Rick King
God has established a way of provision for us by blessing the planting of a seed for a needed harvest. God inserted some basic laws of reproduction into the process of Seed Planting from the beginning. God Himself established the sowing and reaping process in the early days of creation. In fact, we only get through ten verses in the first book of the Bible before God begins to talk to us about the importance of seed planting. In Genesis 1:11-12 (NLT) we read; “Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.
The land produced vegetation all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Jesus, Gods Only Son, was nailed to the cross as a seed planted for a greater harvest to the Kingdom of God. The word helps us to understand that what you plant is what you get, and how much you plant can also determine the amount of your harvest. We plant the seed, and someone must cultivate the seed. It is up to us to do the work required in this process of sowing and reaping, but God is the only one who can bring that seed to life.
It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. (1 Corinthians 3:7 NLT)
There are times that God provides seeds for us to plant for a great need that He knows is coming our way. It is IMPORTANT that we plant that seed when God puts it on our hearts to do so!
Lets take a look at ‘REAPING THE UNEXPECTED!’
If you have ever had the experience of planting a garden, then you understand a basic fact; a seed will produce something of its own kind.
If you plant tomatoes, you get tomatoes.
If you plant squash, you get squash
If you plant cucumbers, you will get cucumbers.
But what if you go out to harvest your garden, knowing you planted cucumbers, tomatoes and squash, and find you also have turnip greens, nasty beets, and some kind of foul-smelling thing you can’t even identify? It would really leave you scratching your head and wonder what in the world was going on. Now, if you are like me, you would begin to reason logically why this has happened. You will certainly look at the facts.
- You know you didn’t plant those things
- You know that those things don’t grow without the seed being planted
- Somebody had to plant those seeds in your garden, with or without your knowledge of them even being there.
The bible tells us that our responsibility is to plant the seed, and to cultivate the seed. We know that planting the seed brings the crop. We know how to plant and cultivate. We have no clue how it works. How does that little tiny seed bring forth such a large crop of tomatoes? (Incidentally, with thousands of new seeds.)
Mark 4:26-29 NLT
(26) Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.
(27) Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.
(28) The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.
(29) And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
So, while we have to admit we don’t know how this seed planting things works (Other than just a God thing), we do know that if we reap something that we didn’t plant, someone has messed with our garden.
HOW TO ‘SNEAK A SEED’
The enemy is out there, continually looking for an opportunity to mess you up, we all know this. We all know that if we see that cloven hoofed, pitch-fork toting, fire breathing, two-horned devil prowling about in our garden, that he is there to plant some kind of stink weed among our good seeds.
When we see him prowling around like that, we sound the alarm; grab our Bibles and send him running. Here is the problem with that; the enemy knows you are savvy, battle wise Christ followers, so he doesn’t dare let you catch him in your garden. NOTICE, I didn’t say he stays away from your garden, I said he doesn’t let you catch him there.
Satan will use his agents to sneak his seeds in your garden!
How does he do this? It’s really not that difficult. He can use people to plant them in person; drop them in your ground without you even knowing it. He can slip them to you under the disguise of something insignificant and even have you help plant them. Or he can even have someone with a friendly face mix a hand full of the foul seed with the good seed you are hard at work planting. (See Matthew 13:24-30)
Weeds & Wheat in the Harvest
Jesus knows about weeds. He is a sower of good seed. But someone else is out there sowing too. His name is Satan. His seeds are the weeds of discord and disobedience. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sows good seed in his field, but while everyone is asleep, someone else sows’ weeds among the wheat. When the wheat and the weeds began to grow, the slaves asked the owner where the weeds came from. He answers, “An enemy did this” (Mt 13:28). When the servants ask the owner if they should destroy the weeds, the owner says:
No,’ he you’ll uproot the wheat if you do. Let both grow together until the harvest. Then I will tell the harvesters to sort out the weeds, tie them into bundles, and burn them, and to put the wheat in the barn.
The problem with the weeds mentioned here is the same problem with much of our crops in the churches and among Christians today; we are getting a crop of weeds mixed with our wheat. The real problem is that the weeds become so tightly packed together with the wheat, that we must then be careful about pulling the weeds because it would also ‘offend’ the wheat.
So much of the weeds we see growing in the church and in the life of Christians today, so closely resemble the wheat it makes it had to tell one from the other.
We Christians need to begin living our lives in a matter that we are so close to God that when people look at the Church, they won’t have so much trouble telling our ‘wheat’ from the ‘weeds.’ We need to move closer to God so the world can see a stark difference between the things of God and the things of the world.
The weeds of discord and disobedience are the enemy’s most bountiful harvest. It’s what he is an expert at planting, and your garden is a target – EVERYDAY! The only way you can prevent yourself from being a victim of the devils dirty planting is to BE ON GUARD!
BE ON GUARD!
1 Thessalonians 5:6 tells us “So be on your guard, not asleep like the others. Stay alert and be clearheaded.
You see, it is no different today as it was in the days Paul was writing that scripture. The enemy NEVER GROWS WEARY in his attempt to destroy you. He will bring his poison to you on the lips of someone you trust; perhaps even someone you look up to. Someone you admire.
When sister What’s-her-name is warming up to you, working your ego by telling you how she “see’s your sacrifices,” and the way you are overlooked, she is planting seeds in your garden.
When Brother Feel-your-pain comes to you and is ‘requesting prayer’ because he is confused as to weather or not the pastor truly hears from God when he prepares his sermons, he is planting stink weed.
When Sister Motor-mouth calls you up and begins to slowly dismantle your confidence in the church, the enemy is sowing stink seed in your garden by way of the telephone!
We need to learn to recognize the weed-seed planters and serve notice on them right up front; your seed planting days in my garden are OVER!
STAND UP to that devil and stop reaping a harvest of weeds. How much of your good crop are you willing to allow to be ‘choked out’ by the nasty weeds the enemy has planted in your field? How about NONE!
STOP REAPING THE UNEXPECTED! Stop listening to the discord others bring you! Don’t be reckless! Know what is taking place. Stay prayed up so you will know the difference between someone who sincerely needs advice and prayer, and someone who is planting seed of discord. Don’t drop your guard to someone with flattering words and self-stimulating conversation. Your Spirit knows when you are going places you don’t need to go. (If your Spirit is well fed and properly tuned!) Don’t allow your Spirit to feed in unclean places. Things you take in through your eyes, ears, and thoughts are secretly at work planting seed, sometimes without you even knowing it. Be Alert! Pray without ceasing.