Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you. — Hosea 10:12 (NIV)
Our lives lay before the Lord; vast fields in every direction. Our soil is created rich and destined for future harvests. As we grow in body and spirit we gather seeds. We gather gifts from God and nutrients garnered from service to God and His people. We stand ready and wait for rain.
But, in our journey toward God’s blessing, there is more work to be done. We may forget that our supplies have been stashed in the storehouses to admire. The seeds scattered along the floor near piles of ministry experience. We forget that the true place for these blessings is out in the soil. They are not meant to feed reputation, but to find their homes in further ministry. We anticipate the blessing without providing the seed-filled soil God needs in order to shower his grace and mercy on our lives.
Life in His service yields food for the crops as they grow, but we cannot stop the work and preparation just because our supplies are ready. We cannot reap a harvest if we give up on growth before the blessing comes. We need to actively sow our seeds and feed our crops through the giving of ourselves, study in the word, and time spent in prayer all the way to and through the showers of righteousness. Withholding our gifts, talents, and the good sowing God has planned for us, leaves our fields barren. Soil without planting and care can be flooded with rain and reap nothing. We have to give, serve, and bury our seeds in the soil, trusting that God will provide a harvest much greater than the small seeds we sow.
Our gifts are meant to be used and our time spent in service. Don’t waste your seeds on yourself. Plant your gifts into the world around you. Give God a spiritual land that is prepared for a glorious flood. Let Him reward your life with a harvest beyond anything you could imagine.
Lord, help us share our gifts and time with Your people. When pride and selfishness cloud our judgment, remind us that our accomplishments and skills only make us better servants. Remind us to work to and through your blessings so that we can continue to sow and reap a harvest time and time again. Amen.
Do you base your worth on the gifts you have or the time you spend? Are you giving yourself and your skills fully over to service?
What upcoming life decisions or goals could use a little more preparation?