The weather in the Northeast has been unusually warm and I have spring fever. Although it’s almost warm enough to say summer fever! I was thinking about planting seeds and the Lord started showing me about different kinds of seeds.
One is our children, the produce of our flesh and the second is the seed that results from the work of out hands – our labor. From our labor comes the seed that we sow back so that it multiplies. Our children “seed” multiplies and produces grandchildren.
Our giving produces in two ways – the first is that it helps the receiver and the second is that God uses it to give back to us pressed down, shaken together and running over!
Seeds sown can take time for the harvest. Birth takes 9 months. An apple seed doesn’t produce the tree instantly. Therefore our seed that we sow from our labor may take time to produce.
Sometimes God does give us the harvest right away. I think that we are entering a season where we will see the harvest come quicker as we get into the latter days. (see Amos 9:13)
In Lessons I learned from the Lord I write that one seed produces many seeds. An apple seed produces an apple tree that has many apples, each with many seeds in each one. The tree produces fruit for us to eat and seed to sow. If the seed to sow is not only planted by us, but given to someone else to plant for their needs, it produces another harvest and is multiplied. The people we give our seed to, will have fruit to eat, seeds to sow and some seed to give to another.
Translate this principle to the work of our hands. The work of our hands produces two kinds of seed – money to buy food and take care of our own needs, and money to give to others to help take care of their needs that they cannot. Then they in turn will be able to produce and give to others and so on and so on. The money we give – or food – or clothing – is the seed that will help someone get back on their feet again, so that they can produce their own seed. If you don’t have much, if you have a loaf of bread, give a slice. It’s amazing how much food can stretch. I’ve learned that from my Grandmother’s never ending soup pot!
It’s touching to see that when starving children are given food, even though they are hungry, they share some with their siblings. In their need, these children give and they learn the principle which in time will cause them to produce. If given a chicken, they can share an egg, sell an egg and hatch an egg for more chickens. and so on.
So sow and watch the seed produce!
I have a dear friend who is building an orphanage for Ethiopian children. You can go to her website at www.heartofmyheartorphanage.org to find out more about it.
Please check out a newspaper article about Lessons I learned from the Lord at www.thealternativepress.com/articles/local-christian-author-and-motivational-speaker-l Pass it along to anyone who may be interested.