Sunday, February 24, 2013

Dead Seed

Dead Seed
Feb 25, 2014
1 Cor 15:36  "How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies."

Most of us are not agricultural experts but we all understand that you cannot grow corn unless you plant the correct seed into the ground.  You cannot grow wheat unless you plant a wheat seed.  In fact, if you want to grow anything at all you must always plant the correct seed.  The seed is lost into the ground and that seed is never returned.  It will, however, produce a harvest of the intended crop.  The seed doesn't just return more seeds, the seed returns the intended harvest.  But, again, you cannot grow a harvest unless that seed is lost into the ground, with the knowledge that you will NEVER see that seed again.  The seed must give its life in order to produce.  The seed must die.

In the Bible, this concept of the seed dying in the ground is a spiritual principle we are encouraged to grasp and understand, even apply in our daily lives.   The full Scripture is this: "How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.   When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body."

We all have intended harvests we would like to see materialized.  Maybe they are spiritual, emotional, relational, or physical.  Scripture would say that we must plant the right seed in order to obtain that harvest.  It is not enough to just plant the seed, though, we must let the seed die into the ground.  We must have the mindset that we will never see that seed again; it is forever lost.  We cannot hold onto the seed and still expect a harvest; we must risk losing it forever.  If you are planting the seed, hoping it won't die, then you will never have a harvest.  As humans, we get emotionally attached to our seed, hoping that it won't die.  We aren't willing to let it go.  But the Lord would say that it is time to let the seed go, die forever, never to be seen again.  This is the most difficult thing in obtaining any type of harvest.  You must let the seed go.  This can make seed very costly.

Not only is seed costly, but you cannot control it once it is gone.  The seed is in the hands of the Maker.  It is up to the Lord to produce the harvest, if any at all.  The Lord will determine when and if there will be a harvest; the discretion is up to Him.  Your job is only to plant the seed and be willing to let it die.  You and I have probably missed many harvests in our lives because we were not willing to let the seed die.  We have held onto the seed too tightly, not willing to let it go.  The Lord would say to let it go.  Let the seed die and trust in the Lord's almighty wisdom to raise the harvest up, when and as He chooses.

If you have a dream of a future harvest, you must be willing to let the seed die, let it go completely into the ground, holding onto nothing but the hand of the Heavenly Father.  The harvest will not come, cannot come, unless the seed dies.  Risk the seed today; it will be worth it.  But let it go completely.

Don't take my word for it; look it up: Psalm 126:5-6, Hosea 10:12, 2 Cor 9:6-10, Gal 6:7-8

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