Posts Tagged Luke 13: 18 – 19

Spiritual Farming

Psalm 97: 11

Light is sown like seed for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.

One of the most illustrative Biblical principles is that the Kingdom of God is like a seed which is sown. Jesus compared the Kingdom of God with seed many times. In Luke 13: 18 – 19, for example, he said, “What is the kingdom of God like and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed….” And of course there is the very famous parable in the thirteenth chapter of Matthew. But these two examples are not isolated. God often uses the seed to explain to us how the Kingdom of God works. In today’s example, light is sown as is gladness. Have you ever stopped to consider that Jesus was a seed that was sown? God sowed Jesus, His only child and He reaped many children. This is the lesson that God has been attempting to teach His kids for generations now.

Too many times we think of sowing seed as only relating to financial gifts. Well, if you need a financial harvest I cannot think of a better seed to sow than money. However, whatever you sow that also you will reap. If you sow kindness, you will reap kindness. If you sow distrust then people are not going to trust you. What do you suppose a person who sows love will reap?  

The point that I would like to make is only a reiteration of what Jesus taught. The Kingdom of God is like farming. It works through sowing of seed. Christianity does not have to be difficult. Operating in the Kingdom does not have to be a mystery. Jesus certainly tried to reveal the internal workings but we were hard of hearing. What you sow is what you will reap. Sow nothing, reap nothing.  

Once we understand this simplest of principle we can look at our lives and determine if there is any area of lack. If there is then there is a chance that we don’t have enough seed in the ground in that area. We can also check the quality of our seed. Seeds sown in anger, unforgiveness and the like are doomed the same as a seed that is nothing more than some used up thing that we no longer want anyway. But when we sow in faith then the Father causes the seed to grow even though we don’t know how.

Since Jesus told us that the Kingdom of God operates by sowing and reaping it might pay us well to meditate on it a bit. God is sowing light and gladness. That is an awesome concept if you think about it. I wonder what the harvest will be. It is a crop that has been planted for you. Now, receive your harvest but don’t forget to emulate the Father and sow some of that seed back into the ground for the bounty that is to come. And for goodness sake, don’t eat the seed for next year’s harvest which simply means, don’t take all that you have reaped, all that God has given you and spend it on your flesh. Put some back into the Kingdom of God so that it can produce another crop for you. The Kingdom of God is like a seed but it only works when you plant.