In the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8 Jesus tells us the seed represents the word of God, the Bible.  

As I recently read this passage I was reminded of a time when I went to Tanzania working with very poor communities with no electricity, running water, medical clinics or grocery stores. Many were reliant on donated food and seeds to harvest future crops. However, I remember an aid worker telling me that one of the most frustrating things that can happen is that in the villages where they receive the seed they often eat the seed rather than planting it and bringing forth a harvest.

one of the most frustrating things that can happen is that in the villages where they receive the seed they often eat the seed rather than planting it and bringing forth a harvest.

I saw the parallel in my own life of reading His word (or eating the seed) but failing to sow it and reap a harvest. Sometimes we don’t even realise the difference. We think we accepted the teaching because we were inspired and moved by it. But I know the seed of God’s word can fill our stomachs and give us immediate blessing but still not produce a harvest – that’s when we eat it but don’t sow it. A harvest is never instant, it takes patience, perseverance and determination.  

I have a beautiful framed Bible verse which says (Romans 12:10)

Be devoted to one another in love, honour one another above yourselves

It hangs on a wall in our bathroom and every time I clean my teeth I am drawn to read and feast off this challenge, but is this seed bearing fruit?

I pray that we will all trust in the promise of Galatians 6:9 -

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

 

Rachael Orrell, CEO of Saltmine Trust