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July 8, 2017, 7:15 PM

Importance of Planting Seeds

A lot of times we can discount the importance of planting a seed. Of course, I'm talking about spiritual things and not gardening. In gardening it is easy to see the importance of planting seeds. Without seeds, there wouldn't be much to harvest in a garden. But, perhaps the same is true in spiritual matters. Perhaps that is why Jesus used seeds as a metaphor for the gospel. 

Whether we are talking about gardening or spiritual matters, there is nothing really exciting about planting seeds. When gardening, planting seeds leaves you hot, tired, thirsty, and hungry. None of those describe the goal of growing a garden. Similarly, when we plant spiritual seeds we are often left feeling unsuccessful and deflated. In both cases, the harvest is joyful; but the work is... well... it's work.

We sign up for mission trips, or step up and share the gospel, or volunteer for VBS in order for the opportunity to win someone to Christ. We want to experience the joy of having an impact on someone's life. But, that is not always the end results of our work. Sometimes we are left hot, tired, thirsty, and hungry with no spiritual fruit to show for our efforts. 

So, is the hard work of planting spiritual seeds worth it? I think so, and I we can see it in our story from today:

Originally Jesus had preformed his first sign at Cana, then left there and went to Capernaum (see John chapter 2). We don't know what he did in Capernaum, but we are lead to believe that it was something. Something got the attention of the official. Whither it was the sign at the wedding that a server latter brought up. Or if it was a miracle done in Capernaum that John doesn't mention. We know that Jesus was in Cana, then Capernaum, then some other places. And now he is back in Cana and an official from Capernaum is there asking for help. 

I think that we can see here in the first four chapters of John, that Jesus planted seeds that were not harvested until later. So, what does that mean for us? It means that we need to be more serious about the business of planting spiritual seeds. So have that conversation with the co-worker. Sign up to help. And, do not grow weary in doing good. 


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