Scripture: Genesis 1: 26 – 30
After the earth was created and man was given the mandate to replenish it through his ability to produce and multiply, God gave the seed as the sustaining mechanism for man to carry out that mandate. What this means is that for everything God has called us to, He has also given us a seed that will form the basis for which we will flourish in that assignment as well as be sustained in it.
I went looking for the definition of a seed and I found a few:
Seed is according to the dictionary, a mature plant ovule containing an embryo. If you take into consideration the word mature and embryo, in simple English it will mean that the seed is the end that is captured in the beginning, or the beginning that has within it the capacity of the end.
Dr Mike Murdock describes the seed as the beginning of everything. Everything you see today begins as a seed somewhere.
Honour is the seed for REWARD
Sowing is the seed for a HARVEST
Recognition is the seed for PREPARATION
Preparation is the seed for OPPORTUNITY
Opportunity is the seed for SUCCESS
Listening is the seed for LEARNING
Planning is the seed for EFFECTIVENESS
Every seed comes with the capacity of an expected. Every time you pick up a seed and deploy it properly, you can always tell what you will get in return. Seeds are predictable. You don’t take a seed of corn and plant and yet say I have just planted corn but I really cannot tell what it will grow as.
If we recognise the power of a seed, it goes to say that every wise child of God in this dispensation will work hard to ensure that they have in their hands as they begin the trek into 2016, the right seed as well as ensure that they deploy that seed properly to ensure the harvest that they look forward to.
DYNAMICS OF THE SEED
Let us take a look at the dynamics of a seed from scripture. Galatians 6: 7-9:
“Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others – ignoring God! – harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit.”
If we take time to analyse the scripture above, we can submit that it is simply saying that what we do today will determine our tomorrow. Therefore in the language of what we are trying to say today in line with seed, TODAY IS THE SEED FOR TOMORROW.
The question becomes, what are you doing today? It is the 6th of December as I write this, and while we are still working on finishing strong, it is also extremely important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that we ought to be preparing for our 2016.
My focus on talking about SEED today is simply to sensitise us to recognise that what we do in the next three weeks will go a long way in determining what our 2016 will be like.
One huge peculiarity of the seed is that for it to produce anything of value it must first die. John 12:24, 1 Corinthians 15:36. Every time we see a seed like I mentioned earlier, we expect that it has within it the potential of a harvest. However, to get to that harvest, that seed needs to go through the standard process of being cast into the ground and dying. We have learnt here in the past that if Jesus had to die to gain a multitude of brethren, then it follows that we need to follow his example and die to self if we will reap the harvest of a better us.
Therefore if I had a say on how you should prepare for your 2016, I will ask that you begin with yourself. Ask yourself, what aspects of your life have the potential for a great harvest but because you are yet to submit that to the dying process, you are yet to see that harvest. Say for instance you have a huge gift, but you also have a character defect that makes it difficult for you to follow through on utilising that gift properly to the glory of God, it is pertinent that you take a look at that part of your life and lay it down. Let it die so that the harvest beneficial to your destiny can be born.
Second dynamic of the seed I want us to consider is in 2 Corinthians 9: 6-8, 10.
“But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he has purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown and increase the fruit of your righteousness.”
What can we learn from here?
- The measure with which you sow is the measure with which you will receive a harvest.
- You ought to sow not because someone cajoled or prompted you but because you have made up your mind to do so by yourself.
- You cannot sow grudgingly.
- When you sow you will receive the grace to do even more in all things.
- It is God who gives you the seed and He will give you bread for your food as well. Consequently don’t eat your seed because you are afraid you will not have bread.
THRONE ROOM PERSPECTIVE
At this stage let me quickly let us know that in talking to you about the seed, I am not focused on what you bring into church as an offering for the expansion of the kingdom. But since I mention it, I must stress that you cannot get anything out of life financially, except you master the art of giving towards the work of the kingdom. It is the way that you partner with God to get his work done.
We usually think we don’t have enough and I agree that we don’t have enough but may I also announce that the reason we don’t have enough is because we don’t ever give of ourselves. If the end goal of being a Christian is to be like Christ and you are not giving, it is easy for me to say that it simply means you are not a Christian.
That said, my focus really for this message is to encourage you to ensure that you sow the right seeds now that will ensure that you get yourself a great 2016.
So what should you do?
- Sow the seed of planning. It is suicidal to live your life on the fly. What this means is that it is wrong that you step into 2016 with New Year resolutions. It is better to arrive there with plans complete with execution strategies to achieve the harvest that you wish to see.
- Sow the seed of Commitment. Once you have put your plans for the year down, you want to make sure that you sow the seed of commitment towards them. Let it be clear to yourself that you are ready to pursue them, do what needs to be done, make the requisite sacrifices to ensure that you follow through on them.
- Sow the seed of Nurture. When a farmer puts his seed in the ground, he nurtures them. He also ensures that weeds don’t overwhelm them and continues to push to make sure that he doesn’t lose the potential harvest to preying animals. He therefore puts a scarecrow in the patch if he needs to or sets traps where it is required. Folks you cannot not nurture whatever seed you sow for your year. As children of God, we nurture by prayer and sometimes fasting. Speaking the word over our seed and consistently standing in faith!
- Sow the seed of Action. A farmer will do himself only harm if he takes his seed and puts it in a really great looking decorative box and sets it in the living room. Seeds are sown in the field so the farmer will need to get out and get his hands dirty. You also want to step out, and get your hands dirty. Get out of your comfort zone and do the required work.
- Sow the seed of trust. The farmer displays his trust by putting the seed in the ground and leaving it there even if it seems it is taking too much time to sprout. He doesn’t go digging to see if his seed is still in the ground or if it will grow. He trusts that nature will take its course and give life to his seed. We also need to learn to behave like the farmer and recognise that when we set the plans and lay them before God and pursue the work we need to do, we should hold on to Him in faith that He will complete that which He began. How do we do that? By the words we speak, the places we go and the people we allow around us. Ephesians 6 says that after we have done all, we should stand therefore. You want to ensure that you are standing, therefore trusting that He that has promised is able.
- Learn the principle of multiplication. The principle of multiplication simply says that your seed irrespective of what it is first has to be blessed by God for it to yield anything. It also says that it will have to leave your hand to multiply. These principles are found in the story where Jesus fed the 5000.
- Sow the seed of Intentionality. The woman with the issue of blood exemplified this greatly. She was with a huge crowd around Jesus but the Bible says she said to herself if I can but touch the hem of his garment I shall be made whole and that was what she got. She got what she anticipated because she was intentional. 2016, must be lived on the pedestal that you understand what you have been called to and you intentionally pursue it.
I recently learnt that life for the child of God can be lived in three different dimensions:
You can choose to live on anyone of these three; although an ability to live at the three dimensions makes for a fuller and more God glorifying life. The question is, how do you want to live your 2016?