Face it. There are just matters beyond our control. The actions of others, the unforeseeable events of life, the weather, the past, and the list continues. There is something within our grasp, though. We can control what we do.
Take a story from the book of Esther for example. Mordecai has been elevated to a position like an officer of the court; they called it sitting in the king’s gate. Esther has been coronated queen. One day, perhaps an average day like any other, Mordecai hears of an assassination plot against the king. He has a choice to make: Does he say nothing, or does he say something? He chose the latter. An investigation began, the culprits were discovered, and summarily executed. Case closed, or so we thought. What we discover later is that Mordecai’s single action of warning the king was actually the very catalyst that years later began a chain of events which brought deliverance to all of the Jews living in Persia.
In other words, Mordecai sowed. Later, Mordecai reaped.
Talk about a return on your investment!
I have been thinking on that thought, “Commit yourself to the sowing.”
We need sowers! Just take a moment, and consider our own situation. We have a world that is ravaged by sin; socialism is gaining power; people are hurting; a real virus is causing great hardship to many people; and crime and violence are skyrocketing.
We must commit to the sowing!
Fill your bucket with good seed, and sow for the Lord. Take handfuls of purpose and scatter them wherever you go!
What are the good seeds we can sow?
- We can sow the word of God (which is the greatest seed of all) – Luke 8:11
- We can sow generosity, kindness, and giving – II Corinthians 9:6-7
- We can sow righteousness – Proverbs 11:18
- We can sow to the Spirit of God, as opposed to the works of our flesh – Galatians 6:8
Commit to the sowing! Be the one who scatters the seed like a farmer in the fields.
I was reading a verse recently that became a great encouragement to my heart. Psalm 126 speaks of a people for whom God turned it all around. He brought them out of their captivity. The psalm concludes by promising us that if we sow, even if our sowing is in tears, we shall reap.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.Psalm 126:5-6
God did not say we can bear just any seed. He said we must bear precious seed, good seed. Yet, the promise remains; if we sow, we shall reap. We always reap what we sow.
I may water the ground of my life with tears. I may be broken, but if I commit to the sowing, the reaping shall come. The best is yet to come, but, for now, I must commit to the sowing.
There are many circumstances beyond my control, but I can commit to the sowing. Our country, our communities, our homes, and the churches need people who commit to the sowing.