When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Isaiah 28:24-25
Growing plants for food takes a lot of work, regardless whether one is a farmer with a large field, or a person with just a small garden. The first part of growing the food is getting the ground ready for planting. The ground must be tilled up and the weeds removed to be ready.
The purpose of tilling the ground up is so that the dirt is loosened up enough for the seed to be able to grow in. Before it gets tilled, the ground is hard and makes it very difficult for the seed to grow and spread out its roots.
If a farmer just continues to till the ground, nothing will grow. Seeds must be planted in the tilled ground in order for any plants to grow. Until the seeds have been planted and they grow, there will be no vegetables or fruits available for harvesting. All the work will be worthless and in vain.
Life works in the same way. Many people, who are believers, are in the world just tilling up the ground. They are working at fitting into the world to gain the world’s attention and respect. They strive to be a friend to someone in the world so that they can be a witness to that person.
Often believers will talk about sins and what is right or wrong. They will point out the dangers of sinful lifestyles or actions. Many try to get the government to make rules against sinful actions or lifestyles. However, they stop there and never plant a seed of who Jesus really is and what He can do for a person.
As a believer in Jesus, you must be willing to till the ground in the hearts of people. But, just like the farmer, you must also start planting some seeds.
The seeds that you must plant are the seeds of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, judgment, provision, healing, and all other attributes of God. Let people know about Jesus and give them a chance to accept Him.
Are you planting seeds today?
Or are you just tilling the ground up?
I pray today that God will guide you in tilling the ground around you; that God will show you ways to plant the seeds; that God will guide you in what seeds to plant in the lives of others; and that many will come to know Jesus through your planting.