Now more than ever, it’s important to remember that as Christians, we are seed planters. The Bible says that we will reap what we sow, and while this is often looked at in a negative context, it’s much more powerful when we consider the positive. We recently talked about Joseph of Arimathea, and his life is a perfect example of what happens when we plant seeds of selflessness and sacrifice, despite it being unpopular, costly, or risky. While everyone else walked away from Jesus, even His disciples, Joseph clung to his Lord, pulled the nails out of His wounded hands, wiped the blood and sweat from His now-cold brow, and dressed His body for burial. He gladly offered what he assumed would be a final act of sacrifice for the One he so dearly loved, but little did he know that the seemingly small and unnoticed seeds he was planting would produce a harvest that is still bearing fruit thousands of years later. Yet because Jesus came back to life and left that tomb empty, his gift has impacted countless millions. Like Joseph, each of us — when we honor our Savior by giving until it hurts or by doing what we know is right though it requires everything we have — is sowing imperishable seed that will continue to bear fruit, even for eternity. While we may feel alone, pressed down, and deeply discouraged by the lack of earthly rewards, Jesus promises that we will reap an abundance of goodness as we continue to bless Him in attitude, word, and action. This is a spiritual law, and we can count on it as surely as we can expect the sun to rise and set every day.
My friend, what kind of harvest are you preparing for the Kingdom? As a disciple of Jesus, this is a great question to ask yourself on a regular basis. Before you make your next decision, whether large or small, envision what will spring forth from it, and remember that while there may not be a perceived benefit or immediate gratification, God will water every seed that glorifies Him. He has given you great power and responsibility, and as you cultivate crops with Him in mind — though your labor may come at a great cost — He will reward you with the sweet fruit of His Spirit that will feed your heart, nourish your soul, and bless generations yet to be born!