Don’t Sow Sloppy Seed
I grew up on a working ranch where we raised cattle and different kinds of grain. This particular year, my uncle was sowing rye. So he and I went down to the feed store and looked through the seed supply.
My uncle had an intricate process for choosing what he wanted; he would taste the seed and feel it and crush it in his hands. I was only eight or nine at the time and didn’t know what he was doing, but I made sure to do all those things with him.
When he had selected five heavy burlap sacks of seed, we carried them out of the store and set them in the back of the truck.
I remember thinking how weird it was that he treated the sacks so gently. It was only seed, but he didn’t just toss the sacks in the truck; he laid each one down carefully.
When we returned to the farm, he poured the seed into a big piece of equipment called a grain drill, which allowed him to control how much seed was planted as he drove the tractor at a certain speed. He made several adjustments in preparation and when everything was just right, we drove the field, back and forth, for hours. When that field was planted, we moved on to the next field. I rode in the tractor with him, and by the time we’d finished for the day, we were covered with dirt and dust.
As followers of Christ, you and I have a value for sowing—for putting seed in the ground and expecting a harvest. But as my uncle showed me that day, seed should never be sown flippantly.
Right Seed, Right Field
We need to be careful with seed. My uncle spent time preparing his fields in advance and then studied the seed to make sure it was healthy and of good quality. When we’re thinking about sowing into organizations or institutions, we need to use wisdom and be intentional.
We can sow in any number of ways and plant our hard-earned money in innumerable places, but as stewards, we need to be aware that certain kinds of seeds go into certain kinds of fields. This means we don’t need to plant some fields because others in the kingdom will take care of them.
If the Holy Spirit taps you on the shoulder and says, “I want you to sow today in that field,” or “I know you usually sow corn, but today you’re sowing beans,” then allow Him to teach and train you. Work with Him on how you should sow, and understand that sometimes the right answer to an opportunity is “no.” Not because you’re greedy, but because you don’t sow a sloppy seed.
Planted Seed Is Powerful
We recognize that every seed, every dollar, we plant is powerful. It has an effect and the ability to bring the kingdom in that field. So three things need to happen:
We need to understand the types of seeds we are meant to sow.
We need to understand the types of fields we are meant to plant in.
We need to go after these things with courage, a cheerful heart, and the faith that God will never let His words return void (Isa. 55:11).
Here’s a good prayer to pray concerning this topic of wisdom and sowing:
Father God, I pray I would begin to grow in my capacity to steward seed and that I would be mighty in generosity this year. Please help me to sow the proper fields with the seed You have assigned to them. Make me a wise planter who knows to test the seed and can discern when seed is healthy and of good quality. What do You want me to do with my generosity this year? Please give me clarity and show me where I am to plant. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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