A good friend of mine engaged me in a conversation concerning seeds. Since the day of Jesus’ famous parable of the sower, Christians have been fascinated with anything seed-related (and don’t get me started on pictures of fields and wheat!). Every pastor preaches on sowing seed. We have all seen church web sites with pictures of people planting seeds. We’ve passed nearly a hundred thousands churches with the word seed or harvest in it. Nothing wrong with any of this, just an observation.
Our discussion was one of lasting interest… I’ve been dwelling on it for months. We always talk about planting seed in other’s lives. We talk about bearing fruit, but what we don’t talk about is how to become potable. In other words, if I gave you a bag of seeds that would eventually grow weeds, would you want to litter your backyard with the contents? We are so concerned with planting and growing that we don’t often consider what we are trying to grow.
This isn’t just for new believers. This goes for every Christian. There’s a process a seed must go through before it can be successfully planted.
Before planting a seed one must take the following steps. First, he must scrape the seeds from it’s surroundings. You have to take a piece of fruit and remove the seeds. The most important part of our spiritual growth is removal from our current location. We have to allow ourselves to be scraped out of the world. Out of our circumstances. Out of our belief systems. We need to separate ourselves for the process to begin. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Only when our minds are renewed are we on the right path to properly being planted, or potted.
Next, the seeds must be cleansed. I’m not talking brainwashing here. I’m talking about sanctification. We start with removal from our past, and our sins, and move into cleansing… being made righteous in the image of Christ. There’s a cleansing process that is painful. When cleaning a seed, you have to wash and wash until all that’s left is the seed. You can imagine the planter rubbing the seed between the thumb and the forefinger making sure the seed is spotless. We must accept the fact that we’ve moved past our past and we embrace forgiveness. We stop living in our past. We stop caring about how our parents raised us or what circumstances we’ve faced. We look at who Jesus was and is and how He is working in our lives.
Paul had every opportunity to look at His life and say, “Man, I was a sinner. I killed thousands of Christians. I don’t deserve forgiveness.” But he didn’t. Instead he said, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:16-20
The next part of the process is drying the seeds. The seeds need to sit and soak up the sun before they become useful. We also need to soak up the Son. Cheesy? Yeah. True? Also, yeah. This comes from eating and digesting the Word. Prayer. Reading Godly books by Godly men. Going to church and applying the sermon to our lives. James says, “Be thou doers of the Word…” He says, don’t just listen to the Word… do the Word. This means getting involved on every level in the Church. Serving. Learning. Tithing. Praying. Going to special meetings. Taking classes that teach you about Christianity and Leadership. Being on time . God wants our faithfulness. He wants us to be a good example.
Finally, when all of these things are accomplished, we are ready to be planted… you can’t plant a seed that hasn’t been vigorously attended to. We all need to become potable.
Pray: Father, make me righteous as You are righteous. Remove me from my old ways and sanctify me. Make me new. Give me new opportunities to get involved in my Church and my community. Help me to become potable… ready for soil. In Jesus Name. Amen.