“Do not be fooled: You cannot cheat God. People harvest only what they plant. If they plant to satisfy their sinful selves, their sinful selves will bring them ruin. But if they plant to please the Spirit, they will receive eternal life from the Spirit. We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up. When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers.” Galatians 6:7-10 (NCV)
Growing My Garden
I enjoy my flower garden. I watch with concern as the winds contort my plants during summer thunderstorms. I feel deep gratification as I watch birds and butterflies peck at the seeds and sip the nectar. I enjoy the beauty of the color palate set on the backdrop of green.
This year I planted sunflowers. The little seeds I planted this spring did not disappoint. Those little seeds sprouted quickly and grew dramatically. I chronicled the growth in a series of pictures, amazingly, taken in two-week intervals. These big, tall plants that offer shade for our home, a shelter for the birds and will feed many hungry beaks in the days to come—started from a little seed.
A Passage of Encouragement
Paul wrote about an inescapable truth—what you sow is what you reap. I wasn’t surprised when sunflowers sprouted from that handful of seeds. It’s not what is growing in the back yard that amazes me, it’s the size.
Avoid the trap of thinking that only big things matter. Small selfish deeds take root and grow into a life of ruin. Little deeds and attitudes grow into a way of life and Paul writes those little things can lead to a life of ruin.
This passage is not a passage of warning. It’s a passage of encouragement.
Wait For the Growth
Do you feel like small acts of goodness don’t really matter? If you do, you’re wrong. Do you feel like the small acts of kindness don’t make a dent in the evil that permeates the world? Change your thinking.
Plant some seeds of goodness and kindness. You’ll be amazed at what will grow from a single, tiny seed. The single seeds I planted a few months ago are about to mature into flowers with hundreds of seeds. Wait for the growth. Trust God to care for your harvest—you may not see your full harvest in this life. Don’t be fooled there is a harvest for those who don’t give up.
Be encouraged today by the tiny seed—let it remind you the smallest act of goodness can yield a huge harvest.
Father, encourage my tired heart today. When it’s easier for me to neglect an act of goodness, remind me of the harvest that comes from one little seed. I surrender the final harvest into Your care. Give me the strength and courage to plant small seeds to goodness today.