Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. II Corinthians 9:10-11
Growing up in the city, seeds, gardens, soil were not terms I associated with food! Planting and harvesting were as a foreign language, never spoken of!
Moving to the country as a teenager, then marrying one who was raised in the country, seeds, planting and garden harvests became a way of life. Still, it never grows old, seeing how a small seed planted in the ground, breaks the ground open and grows into a treasure to be harvested, a living thing!
As a Christian, the terms, seed sown, fruits, harvest also apply to our lives. We know what we sow, we will also reap. We know about the fruits that should be growing in our hearts – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, etc. We know that seeds that choke out the fruit are to be guarded. We also should seek to plant seeds of kindness and goodness around us, with the knowledge that through God’s grace and salvation, a harvest of souls will come. But, we also know that spiritual gardening is hard work!
This verse reminds us that God is our Supplier – He is the Giver of all. All we have comes from Him. But, He also is gracious and generous. He will multiply our seeds or our efforts. As we seek to live a righteous life, impact others, share His love, He enriches, pours out and enables us. He gives to us the seed, which is planted, grows, multiplies and produces a harvest. A complete life cycle that begins and ends with the Sower.
How can you use your seed today?