Starting gardens is hard work. You don’t have a lot of tools to work with and not a lot of money to spare to get them, so you make due with some not so fancy ones to get you by with. OR..Start out with putting some borders together to make a mound that is higher than the ground, and put all kinds of dead leaves, twigs, straw, even go as far as manures to get the harder stuff to break down and decompose enough to make it suitable for seeds.
Many people have planted gardens for years. For the purpose of food mainly, some for a living to sell the produce. Nothing like fresh vegetables and fruits from your own garden right? But there is another type of seed we all have to deal with. Seeds we sow from who we are.
The parable of the sower and the seed. God tells us that he has sown seeds in each of us. He handed down laws and told us how he would love for us to live for him, and how we need to face the fact we sinned and need repentance to return to God’s will again.
There are seeds that are thrown out there by this sower. Some fall on grounds that bring about fertile soil, and those plants do make it. Some are on rocky ground, well, you get the idea. So what kind of seed did God throw us? The same one he always had. It is where WE as a people planted that makes it take root or not. Whether we tend it or not. If the word of God is not relevant in us, then that seed dies and becomes as chaff and is burned in the fire at harvest. If we tend it just a little bit, and give it just enough water but not enough to let it grow up, then it wilts and dies out as well. When we gather around others who are among the thorns, then HIS word is choked out and the plant dies way before harvest, and is or remains unfruitful.
People who do this planting can sometimes be as loving as God is, and patient to see the fruit develop. But they only give it a certain time before chopping it down. Sometimes people are so impatient that they waited long enough to how this seed grows. Did you know some seeds actually take a whole year or two before it even sprouts? First come the roots, then come the stems, then the leaves…But people give up on such things as they consider it a lost cause for growing such plants. They want to see fruit, NOW! Apple trees don’t start showing their fruit till well into the tenth year of planting. Sadly, people no longer plant such things as it “takes way too long to bring forth fruit”. Apple trees don’t grow true apples, they have to have grafts implanted in their trunks for fruit to develop. Some farmers have ignored this and got a lot of crab apples in its place.
Then there are some corrupt seeds that just don’t seem to die, but are very lively and invasive. They don’t bring beauty, or flowers, but actual weeds that seem to need plucking out for the fruitful ones to live. People who have tended gardens know what I am talking about. Weeds take up the same nutrients as fruitful seeds but invade their space. Unchecked, they grow along side the good seed and cover up the seedlings as they grow leaving it without sunlight. Kinda like the rich stepping on the poor and not concerned with how they steal money from them to keep living their own lifestyles while others suffer. Christians are sometimes like this. Oh yes. Christians do grow up and have lots of fruit, and seem wise but in actuality, invade others who struggle with growth. Well, they don’t need as much light right?
I used to belong to a Church of Christ. But then the word of God started taking root, and I no longer believed that anyone could lose their salvation as I kept asking questions. Seems asking questions will even drive the hard core JW’s out of a home. You either accept what they tell you or you are in sin. But I began to believe in what a Baptist church had to say about God. I got kicked out of the Church of Christ, but never accepted in a Baptist church as each one tells me to go back to the church I came from. Church of Christ keeps me out, and now the Baptist church won’t let me in either. If I am to come to church, sit down and shut up, if I have questions ask my husband. What happens when your spouse isn’t saved? Do you still ask them? and if they don’t answer then who do you ask? God. Again, this isn’t very helpful is it? If one spouse fights tooth and nail against truth, and you find yourself walking alone, and no company to keep you straight, you know you are in the right spot with God. Job was in this path too. His own wife even told him, why don’t you just get it over with and curse God and let him end you? But what did Job do? Worshipped God anyway, even though his friends and family gave up on him and counted him a lost cause. All the while, it was a test. How long did he endure this test? Does it matter? Would you still worship God in all this?
Im not alone. They did this to many others. John 9 even tells us that a blind man who was always taken to a spot to beg, and Jesus came upon him, put some mud in his eyes and told him to go wash and show a priest. He obeyed, and behold, his eyes could see. He was no longer blind. When he goes to show a priest, instead of amazement, he called his parents in to discuss this “miracle”. In fear of being kicked out of the church, his parents said, he is old enough, ask him. So when they did, he again gave the same testimony of Christ, and booted him out of the Church for it. I wonder why I was made to see that I would get this same treatment? Then it came to me, so as I could worship God right where I was.
I don’t need someone to come and fertilize my ground for my seeds, and neither do you. You have eyes to see, and ears to hear, and yet don’t believe? Ever wonder if it is because God said that parables are only open to those who will believe? I believe in Him. Satan even believes in God, and trembles. They fear him most of all, and they should. They know what happens when he returns. I fear him for a different reason. It is the beginning of wisdom, and the start of my understanding of who I am and who he is. What I grow up to be, I pray, is to be just the fruitful item he wanted. A sweet aroma, and a taste that is to his liking. The only reason you would not understand that statement is because you don’t understand how I am. What type of seed are you? What have you planted?