What you sow in this season matters

When you are twice the age you are now and look back on this time it will be only a short season. However, it will be a defining season, partly because of what has gone on around you, but mainly because of the choices you will have made in this season. Choices are like little seeds in our lives that we plant and then harvest in future days, years or even decades.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

(Galatians 6:7-10)

We are coming into spring, but what if spiritually it has some important elements of autumn.

Autumn declares a beautiful and dignified death. Nature puts on a show with tremendous confidence, a liberal scattering of seed, a celebration of all that has gone before. Autumn is good although it feels threatening. It signifies the end of some things – closure. It challenges our identity when we have to move forward without these things.

How will we let go? How will we plant our seeds?

Autumn teaches us to recklessly abandon to God the things we can’t control, and to do so joyously and without fear. God often stirs and provokes new aspects of calling in our spiritual autumns.

"Our feelings are helpful and are good signposts but they are also fickle and are rarely a good barometer for making wise decisions."

There is a lot of seed that is going to fall to the ground in the next 12 months. And it is worth asking what seed will you sow and how will you plant it? Seed that reflects your values and not just your feelings. Our feelings are helpful and are good signposts but they are also fickle and are rarely a good barometer for making wise decisions. 

So what will you sow?

What will you sow into your relationship with God? Into other relationships? Into neighbours and neighbourhoods? Into friends and friendships? What will you sow in courage? In love? In study? In honour? In generosity? In kindness? In service? In acts of faith? What will you sow?

Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let your hands not be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.

(Ecclesiastes 11:6)

We do not know what will come out of this time, which things will succeed or survive. We do know that the values of God’s Kingdom will endure and that part of seeking first God’s Kingdom is to sow our seed in faith.

 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak shared this at the end of a recent speech to the nation:

When this is over, and it will be over, we want to look back at this moment and remember the many small acts of kindness done by us and to us.

We want to look back on this time and remember how we thought first of others and acted with decency.

We want to look back on this time and remember how, in the face of a generation-defining moment, we undertook a collective national effort - and we stood together.

Rishi is saying sow the right things. And God is challenging us to sow the right things even when we are feeling the cost, when it is inconvenient and even when it hurts.

Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

(Psalm 126:5-6)

Some of our tears will almost certainly involve prayers for our broken nation, friends and neighbours. Some of our tears will be grieving things hoped for that never happened, and people whose lives have been cut short. Some of our tears will simply be shed over seeds that we weren’t ready to plant but find ourselves burying.

However, amidst the tears there is also a promise. Harvest is coming, and when you sow in tears you will reap in joy. Now is time to surrender and to trust God through the winter because something miraculous happens in spring. 

Spring takes fragile hope seriously. Stirring below the dirt are green shoots of potential. It isn’t always evident what they will become, but become they will. New trees, flowers and shrubs all start somewhere, very small. Spring is good and dares to hope. As winter gives way to spring the days lengthen and light up new possibilities. God resurrects dreams that have been long since buried, some for 20, 30 or even 40 years.

So ‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A (wo)man reaps what (s)he sows. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good….At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.’


 

Rich Wilson is movement leader of Fusion

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Rich Wilson

Fusion Movement Leader

Rich loves students and God’s church and has championed the important role of local churches in student mission for over 25 years. He wants to invite a generation to A Call Less Ordinary.

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