May 30, 2018 — IGNITE

So, for many people, this time of year brings a new kind of joy. It’s time to plant the garden… put in the flowers… you know, spruce up the homestead. And I’ve got to tell you – I love working in the dirt. There’s just something about pushing my shovel in the ground, lifting up a clump of dirt, moving it around and sticking my fingers in the soil. I love taking a tiny little plant and tenderly putting it in the ground and patting some dirt around it.

Now I don’t have a very big garden, and I don’t plant every vegetable available. But I do have some tomatoes and green peppers and cucumbers. And this I know – though there might be different varieties, let’s say, of tomatoes – a tomato is a tomato. When I plant a tomato, I plan on picking a tomato from that plant in due time. I don’t plant a tomato and then expect to pick a head of cabbage, or some carrots and a few potatoes. We all know that’s not going to happen. I planted a tomato – I should harvest a tomato.

Now, I know this is supposed to be an encouraging spiritual devotion and not a lesson in agriculture, so let me get to my point. Here’s what the Bible says…
“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7

Let me explain something to you. Just like that tomato plant in my garden, and me expecting tomatoes from that plant, you and I will only be able to harvest from our own lives what we sow into it. You shouldn’t expect anything else if you didn’t take the time, energy or effort to plant it.

You want to have a closer relationship with God? Spend more time with Him! You want to know the Word of God better? Read it a little more often. You want to have a strong prayer life? Pray! You want to experience the Holy Spirit’s power in your life? Surrender more of yourself to His leading.

You see, if those things, and a hundred more, aren’t happening in your life, it’s probably because you didn’t plant it. You’ve planted other things, like bad habits… negativity… stress… and you’re reaping a bountiful harvest. But you haven’t taken the time to plant good seeds of faith… forgiveness… hope… joy. You’ve got to intentionally… purposefully… deliberately… willfully…  drop those seeds into the ground of your heart, if you want them to grow.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: I don’t know what kind of garden you have, but I do know that what you plant in it, will be what you can expect to grow in it and produce from it. You will only out of it, what you put into it. Check out your seed source first, before you put anything in the ground.

I know when I put the good seed of Your Word in my life, I will produce good fruit. Jesus, in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen