Each of us start out as a “seed” (sperm fertilizes an egg). We start life growing in a womb developing our form, fingers and toes and then birth happens bursting us into a new phase of life much the same as a seed in the ground, and the seeds that God places in us.
• Job 12:10
In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
• Ezekiel 37:5
This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.
• Isaiah 42:5
This is what God the LORD says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
No matter what other seeds are gifted to us, there is one common seed of purpose in every one of us, which is to become like Christ! That is no small purpose! In fact, it’s a supernatural call that requires supernatural help, and this is just one of the seeds! As we aim for the growth of that one seed, all other seeds God has planned for us will follow.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well
The natural is where we start, so to fill our purpose we need the super added to our natural and I believe God accomplishes this through 3 elements: Good Soil, Clean Water, and Son Light. These 3 elements work together to accomplish our growth, without all three there is no balance…I see this connected to the Trinity of God as well. It takes all three Persons of God operating in our life to reach the Fullness. Seeds are a Word spoken by God. He speaks them/imparts them into our life as we are formed in the womb that gives us our talents and natural abilities, throughout our life He wants to speak more seeds into us, but I think His timing has to do with the soil condition of our hearts as we grow, because if the soil is bad the seed is wasted.
11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
From birth there are seeds inside each of us even though we don’t know it, or recognize them for what they are. For years I wanted to know what my gifts(seeds) were, churches I attended would talk about “knowing your gifts”, but what I quickly found out was that they meant “how best can you serve us inside these four walls”. I signed up for a class that said I would discover my gifts, they had a test that rated you according to the areas of service inside the church: Greeter, Tithe collector, Custodial help…you get it. I was told I’d be best suited as a door greeter. Not that there is anything wrong with greetings folks at the door, don’t get me wrong. I am also NOT saying gifts that help inside the church aren’t good enough or spiritual enough, but for me at that time, it was about this question I had inside of me that they didn’t understand, weren’t answering, and couldn’t answer. The spirit was nudging me to keep looking. I prayed about this for years until one day it all started clicking and a list of gifts were formed by God’s input. He put people in my path, teachers teaching on it, and finally I was becoming aware of some things. And the best news is that I don’t know that it ends!! Even after a small list was written I received a word of two more to come, as well as others that were in the process of coming into focus. It is really amazing. So to encourage others to experience this too, let’s look at ways to grow seeds!
• As the Lord said in the first post on seeds: “there is fertility in submission”. Good soil has to do with our heart attitudes. If we aren’t submitted to God, to His will, and to whatever plan He has for our life then that would be a great place to put a big “START HERE” sign. In the willingness to let go of having control of our life the invitation is open for God to do the extraordinary. It isn’t always easy to submit to His will when it doesn’t seem very beneficial to us, seems like we are getting the short end of the stick, but check out Matt. 13:8 below.
• Humility is packed into that good soil. It is humility that allows God the right-of-way in our life. Humility knows He can do a much better job than we can, helping us to step back out of the lime light and into the Son Light of God’s love. Humility keeps us from polluting the ground with thoughts of grandeur/pride. Satan gave us a great example of where pride will take us…
• Forgiveness is also packed into healthy soil. When we accept the bait of offense we accept poison into our soil/hearts. Anger and bitterness are not healthy and block blessings from God. We could also see them as a weed, but they are more serious because they go to the heart of us and keep us from even sprouting. We are stopped before we can even begin when we don’t choose to forgive.
• Noble is mentioned in Luke 8:15, in looking at the Webster’s definition I see two things: the first being nobility, meaning we know whose child we are! We are a child of God! We are a Royal Priesthood, Saints. Notice I put humility before this? LOL There is such a thing as humble confidence in our nobility. We know we are God’s children, but ONLY because of Christ Jesus, not by anything we’ve done. In line with nobility let us consider also that we are planted/seated IN CHRIST. In Christ is the richest soil available. He is healing, He is abundance, He is Love, He is Light…in Christ is all things needed for us to grow!!
• Another thing I see is Character! Developing a noble character is developing good soil for God to plant His Word in. I believe it better to study the fruits of the Spirit than to study what the law says not to do or what not to be like, because the bible says the law leads to death, but the Spirit leads to life. Study the Spirit’s character, God’s character, Jesus’ character. See how Jesus walked and talked and lived and we see God – it’s what the Word says! We can look in the Proverbs for the word pictures of the people with wisdom and good character. We can ask God to reveal to us what in us needs work.
[Epilogue: The Wife of Noble Character ] A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.
Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.
• Good soil gives God room to multiply in us and through us for His Glory! When a seed dies there is an outer shell that comes off as the center (heart) of it begins to grow. As we grow we are to be losing our outer fleshly shell as our heart/spirit grows in Christ. We are planted in Christ – the richest soil available. As our flesh/outer shell comes off it stays in the soil, and I believe it adds richness, because for us to lose our flesh it’s a sacrifice, it’s a choice of God over ourselves and that honors God. It fuels further growth and opens the door for Him to bless us even more.
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
• Soil is something we must tend too; we must cooperate with God if we are to have rich soil that produces much! Weeds choke out God’s access to us, and our access to Him. The things of life that overrun our time zap our strength, drain us of health/nutrients we need. Picture a small little sprout, or even a half-grown plant in a small garden, we’ve all seen how the weeds come around it, crowd it, overshadow it even keeping it from getting sunlight, the roots of the weeds are in the ground literally trying to choke out the roots of our sprout. In our case, we have a powerful word available to us – NO! We have the ability to reject the weeds that fight for our time with God, that stop us from receiving Son Light in fellowship/relationship with Jesus, from time to read the bible and let those words sprout new life in our minds.
• Soil is what we spend our time in – what kind of “soil” are we spending time in? Is it Godly? Are we able to grow or is God being overrun and choked out of us by what we are spending time in? Can we put down roots in this? Are we giving up time with Jesus for it? Everything has a price tag, seen and unseen. When we make a choice we will pay a price, let’s not pay with seed “money”. The church we attend, the groups we join, the entertainment choices, the people we allow into our lives & ears. This year is about ears, eyes, and doors – let’s listen & watch things that will build us up, light us up, energize us, motivate us, and inspire us to go further and aim higher.
God is a big God and we haven’t even seen the half of what He is going to do. Let’s be part of it and not miss out! 🙂
In Christ – Amy Nedrow