“Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap in mercy” (Hosea 10:12).
The harvest will be based on how you sow. If you sow a seed you will reap the fruit. If you sow a thought what you reap will be the characteristics. Your eternity will be based on your nature and characteristics.
The major portion of the Sermon on the Mount was about sowing. If you sow meekness you will inherit the earth and you will enjoy the rich harvest. If you sow purity in heart you will receive the privilege of being called as children of God. If you sow mercy, you will receive mercy from God and others as well.
There are seeds of thought, seeds of speech and seeds of deed. At the same time, since morning until you go to bed in the night, there are seeds of faith which you sow in yourself; seeds of promises are there. Always use words of encouragement while you speak to others. When others are in distress, speak words of comfort to them. There are some good deeds which you need to sow in your personal life. There are some seeds of Scripture which you need to sow in the ministry for the sake of God.
So, always sow the seeds of love, seeds of faith, seeds of righteousness, and seeds of deed untiringly. You will be ecstatic to see their benefits in the eternity. The prophet Isaiah writes this way about the seeds sown by Jesus Christ. “He shall see the labour of His soul and be satisfied. By His knowledge, my righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:11).
A Japanese farmer explains the best way of sowing which would ensure one hundred percent benefits during harvest. “Take good seeds on one side. Then take the fertile red soil. On the other side take the fertilisers. Keeping the seed in the middle, mix the mud and fertiliser adding sufficient water and give it a ball like shape with your hands. Sow this ball wherever you go.
When it rains, the seeds you had sown will give out the sprouts beautifully and begin to render the benefits. Since the mud and the fertiliser are covering it, the birds of the air could not take them away. The insects or the germs cannot destroy the seeds.” He discloses with joy that his family members went around sowing seeds this way and today around five thousand trees have grown in Japan.
The Scripture says that Jesus Christ is a sower. Stand with Him in the ministry of sowing the seeds of Scripture. Whether you get an opportunity or not, preach the Gospel to the people with care. Great will be your reward in heaven.
To meditate: “He who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life”(Galatians 6:8).