Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 (ESV)

This year we planned to plant a garden using seeds. Recently I finished some beautiful planter boxes. I had literally been working on them for months, crafting them with oak that we had milled from trees on our property a couple years ago. As they began to come together Shellie mentioned to me that these are way too nice to be planter boxes. She somehow convinced me to craft them into a garden table/desk. Btw, that project has been on hold until I got the seeds planted. I was already feeling the pressure of getting the seeds into the soil to get the process going as planting time was already upon us. Now I had to start all over with store bought timber to craft these boxes. Several weeks later, we installed the three boxes up on our deck, away from the devouring deer that think everything we plant in our garden is their salad. After filling the boxes with “organic” planter box mix, I planted the heirloom, organic seeds into shallow holes and covered them up. Of course, no GMO seeds! After watering them with the special mineral mix, I now had to wait, and wait, and wait. I am still waiting, but I sense the Lord has something to say about it!

The Apostle Paul warned us that God will not be mocked. We will reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7)! Though every seed matters and each one will bring forth a harvest, the good seeds will bear good fruit, and the bad seeds will bear, well you get my point. What we sow in the Spirit will bear good, lifegiving and abundant fruit. What we sow into the flesh, will simply bear the same fruit that was planted, and will reap destruction (v.8). The planter boxes represent the ground that we plant our seeds. I had carefully prepared the original boxes, but before I got to use them as I wanted, I was persuaded to use them for a better purpose. God sometimes leads us to do something, but before we finish He redirects our steps for His greater purposes. Anyway, I still needed a context to plant my seeds so I constructed much simpler containers. Nevertheless, I didn’t just use cheap potting mix, but felt I was to use the more expensive “organic” stuff. You see, the material that the seeds we plant actually matters. Not only are we to sow seeds, but we need to pray that the soil of people’s hearts are ready to receive the good seeds we are planting. Remember the parable of the sower? Yep, the soil matters (Matthew 13)!

And then we have to wait. We plant the seeds, but God causes the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). I keep checking my planter boxes, daily, well actually more often than that. But even though I did not see it growing, something is happening beyond what I can perceive. Jesus said His Father is always at work, even when we can’t see it (John 5:17). Likewise, once we plant seeds in people’s lives we may not see immediate fruit, but understand this, God is working! There will be fruit, that is simply the principle of sowing and reaping. Then finally, and though I am just now seeing the seedlings busting through the soil, I know there is going to be much harvest from my seeds. I will need to tend to these plants as they grow, being sure to water, prune and keep my eye out for pests. Ultimately there will be a harvest. Paul tells us to not give up for in proper time we will reap a harvest (Galatians 6:9)!!!

Please understand, you have been gifted with a new bag of seeds every day, as well as some of your old stuff. What will you do with them? Will you be intentional, and steward them well? Or will you simply throw your seeds to the wind and what will be will be? You will reap what you have sown. The crazy thing about it, seeds are ugly and look nothing like the fruit they will ultimate bear. That is like our lives. God takes broken, weak vessels and pours our His glory through them. Though our lives feel insignificant, our “dead” seeds do matter and will bring forth a harvest. We just need to focus on the types of seeds that we will plant. Jesus Himself said that unless a seed dies and falls to the ground it will only remain one seed. But with its death, a multiplied harvest will come (John 12:24).

Ask God to show you how to plant good seeds with your life, your words, your actions, your giving, and your time. Ask God to unpack what I am trying to convey in all these words. There is something in this for you, ask Him what it is! Ask Him to give to wisdom and clarity as to how to pray for the seeds that you plant each day. Ask Him to teach you how to be a gardener of people. Ask Him to plant your life as seed to bear much fruit for Him. And ask Him to prepare you for the coming harvest. It will be bigger than you can imagine!!!