~ The Basics of Spiritual Sowing ~
The Why of Sowing (continuing Christ’s work on earth) ~ The Christian is to imitate their Savior (1 Corinthians 11:1). Jesus said, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:1-2).
The What of Sowing (precious seed) ~ “He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:6, kjv).
The How of Sowing (in tears) ~ “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him” (Psalm 126:5-6).
The Where of Sowing (beside all waters) ~ “Blessed are you who sow beside all waters” (Isaiah 32:20a).
The When of Sowing (morning, evening, always) ~ “In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good” (Ecclesiastes 11:6). “Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15).
The Who of Sowing (all Christians) ~ Jesus said, “When the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you [His disciples] also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning” (John 15:26-27). “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20).
The Results of Sowing (God’s responsibility) ~ Jesus said, “Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty” (Matthew 13:18-23).
The Bottom Line of Sowing (be faithful) ~ Salvation only results from a combination of the Spirit of God and the Word of God working in the heart of an individual. Christians are to realize the results of His servants sowing are entirely God’s responsibility—our only job is to be faithful! “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:1-2).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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