Sowing Spiritual Seeds
John 4:34-38; Matthew 9:37-38
2-27-21, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Think about everything that contributed to the story of how you came to know Christ as your Lord and Savior. It's probably not possible to fully count all those spiritual seeds that God used to draw you to Him. [John 6:44]
And not all the people who sowed good seed into your life knew what the outcome would be.
We also have the opportunity and privilege--every single day--of sowing seeds into the lives of others, such as our friends, co-workers, children, grandchildren, or even strangers. God takes what you plant and adds to it. He leads others to sow further seed or "water" the ground. Little by little, truth gets cultivated in their lives. What greater thing could you do?
Conversely, you might focus on providing your kids with plenty of material security and send them to the best schools and colleges--and yet it would count nothing for eternity.
But when you sow eternal truths of God into their lives with the qualities of Jesus, you're feeding their eternal spirits. The seeds that affect their hearts, view of God and desire to make a difference for Him in the world are what will produce genuine, lasting "fruit" [Matt 7:16] and a great harvest in their lives.
Whether or not you ever see the results, the Lord is profoundly using you when you sow this kind of "crop." God sees all the little things you do even if it's just praying for them. He's interested in more than just "big" things. The fruit of His Spirit often manifests itself in quiet ways that others may never give you credit for. But such spiritual seeds accomplish powerful work drawing the lost to salvation and eternal life with God.
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