“Look at my cilantro,” my husband Israel said proudly. He had planted it in our front yard, and was excited to see it flourishing. Not too much time has passed, and he called me out there again. “Look at my starfruit!” It, too, is growing happily in our yard (a first for us). I love seeing the joy he is experiencing, partnering with God to see fruit come out of the earth for our enjoyment. He has several other new plants growing out there too.
“Here is the cilantro seed. I’m going to take it out to the Missions School and plant some more there,” he added. I was struck by his absolute certainty of the results he anticipated. Our students would soon be enjoying cilantro out there in our jungle campus, just like we are at home. He was already seeing it in his mind’s eye, and he smiled with satisfaction.
His confident, joyful anticipation certainly was justified. Seed works. We put it in the ground, and beautiful plants come up, sharing their bounty with us. If God ever gave us a dramatic visual illustration of how the spiritual realm functions, He did it when He created seed.
This is what He had in mind when He told us, “He who sows in the field of his lower nature, will from that nature reap destruction; but he who sows to serve the Spirit will from the Spirit reap the Life of the Ages” (Gal. 6:8, Weymouth).
Wow… the Life of the Ages! In practical terms, what does that look like? What kind of harvest are we talking about? Holy Spirit also spells that out for us, in detail. This is the fruit that will grow as we sow to the Spirit: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Gal. 5:22-23, ESV).
Would you like an abundance of genuine love and joy in your life? Sowing to serve the Spirit works! It’s as much of a sure thing as Israel’s cilantro and starfruit. This year, let’s put into the soil of our lives the good seed of the Word. Let’s sow it into our hearts bountifully, that we might reap bountifully. Let’s thirst for time in His presence, where the living waters of His Spirit become as precipitation that nourishes the new fruit eagerly growing up. More than ever before, in 2021 let’s sow our minutes and our hours and our days with joyful anticipation… of the guaranteed harvest to come, the Life of the Ages!
One place I love to go for sowing to the Spirit is Biblegateway.com. I absolutely relish being able to quickly move between Bible translations as I meditate on the rich meaning of each verse I am studying. Their drop-down menu of versions is a treasure trove!
Prayer, Bible reading and meditation, worship, generosity… what other ways have you found to sow to the Spirit?