Sunday, August 25, 2019

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Pastor Mike Szekley
Lighthouse Baptist Church - Loomis
Genesis 1:11-12 states, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. (vs12) And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”
I’m so thankful for this time of year! Spring is “springing” and folks are thawing out from Winter by beginning to peruse the greenhouses. Also, our hardworking farmers are out in the fields planting. Seeing them go about their business of “feeding the world” reminds me of this simple truth: “Everything starts with a seed”. This is the First Law of the Harvest - everything starts with a seed. So says God in Genesis 1:11-12.
Now in a Biblical sense, a seed can be more than a kernel of corn or a soybean. To God, a seed is anything valuable that you give away. Do you know that when you “give away” sincere praise for someone, that there is value to that? Or when you give away good advice, your time, or even when you’re benevolent with the possessions God has blessed you with, there truly is great value to that! And it all starts as a seed.
Just think about the words you use and in the way you talk with others. Your communication and your body language are also seeds that you are planting in people’s minds. Those seeds grow and they bear fruit. So in knowing this, you need to choose your words wisely with everyone and especially when you’re talking with people that you love, like your children, your husband, your wife, and your friends.
I believe God sees all of us as farmers, co-laboring with Him. We’re planting seeds all the time. What kind of seeds are you planting in your relationships? Are you planting seeds of trust, or are your planting seeds of distrust? Are your planting seeds of kindness, or are you planting seeds of crankiness? Are you planting seeds that build up, or are you planting seeds that tear down? I also believe God wants us to reap a harvest of good things out of an abundant life He’s provided. But remember this other Law of the Harvest: “You will reap what you sow.” If a farmer plants corn, the farmer gets corn, not watermelon. If you plant “good seed”, what do you think will blossom? Plant your seeds wisely.

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