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Seed Stories by Stack Stallings
Last time we talked about how important it is to plant a seed if you want something to grow. You not only have to plant a seed, you have to plant the right seed. Planting a corn seed and expecting wheat to grow isn’t any more logical than planting no seed and expecting something to grow.
So in our lives, we need to be conscious of planting the Jesus Seed at the center of everything we do–in our work, in our homes, in our lives. If we don’t plant it and then nurture it, why would we expect it to grow or even be there?
In fact, in Luke 8:11, God points this lesson out in very direct language: “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.”
And we know from the beginning of John WHO the Word of God is: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
The Word was/is Jesus. So the seed is Jesus as well.
Several stories in the Bible point to lessons about seeds, and if you take it a step further and recognize that JESUS Himself is the seed, they become even more powerful and thought-provoking.
Let’s take one such example from a Bible verse.
2 Corinthians 9:10
“Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.”
He refers to God and the seed to Jesus. You are the sower.
Now again, I don’t know how much you know about farming, but see if you can follow this line of thinking.
I want to plant a crop, let’s say it’s a wheat crop. If I plant “a” wheat seed, how much wheat will I have when my harvest happens?
One stalk of wheat, right?
So what do I do if I want a “large” harvest? Not just plant one seed, right? I have to plant a LOT of seeds if I want a big harvest!
So this verse says that God is going to supply a sower who is intent on spreading the Word of God with A LOT of seed, and He will seek to increase the harvest of your righteousness!
That means… “Dude, don’t be stingy with your Jesus seed! God’s going to give you A LOT of it!”
In the forgiveness realm this is akin to 70 X 7. Infinity times infinity times ten.
Luke 6:38 says: “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”
Both verses are saying the same thing: Don’t be stingy with the seed (the Word of God, Jesus) that you have been given! Give it out! Use it! Plant it! Nurture it!
The more you plant, the more you will be given to plant.
In fact, if you know about things like wheat, you know that a plant will produce many seeds. So each seed you plant will produce more.
This is one of the things I think is so very cool about God–He is infinite, abundant, overflowing with good things, and He’s standing at the ready to put all those good things in your life, if you will just have enough faith to start planting some Jesus seeds!
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