Build A Life of Intentional Sowing
We've all been there—juggling multiple projects, half-finished tasks, and unfulfilled commitments. It's easy to get caught up in the excitement of starting something new, but what about the seeds we've already planted? Are we tending to them, or are they lying half-buried, wilting away in the scorching sun of neglect?
In Matthew 13:5-6, Jesus tells a parable about a sower whose seeds fell on different types of soil. Some seeds landed on shallow soil with underlying rock. They sprouted quickly but wilted under the hot sun because they lacked deep roots. This is a vivid picture of what happens when we scatter our efforts instead of sowing them intentionally.
The Difference Between Scattering and Sowing
To scatter is to distribute irregularly, to divide into ineffectual small portions. It's like throwing your energy in random directions, hoping something will stick. On the other hand, to sow is to introduce into a selected environment, to set something in motion with purpose and intention. It's the difference between aimless wandering and purposeful journeying.
The Urgency of Now
We often look for God to do something new in our lives, but what about the commitments we've already made? The seeds we've already planted? There's a sense of urgency here. We're not promised tomorrow, so why put off for next year what can bear fruit today?
The Clarity in Completion
You might be seeking clarity or direction from God, but sometimes the answers lie in finishing what we've started. It's in the act of obedient execution that we find the clarity we're searching for. So, for the remaining days of this year, let's focus on fulfilling the commitments we've made. Let's go back and sow appropriately, tending to the seeds we've already planted.
The Expectation of Fruitfulness
When we sow with intention, we can wait in expectation for God to yield results. It's not the flashy, exciting work that gets attention, but it's the kind of work that leads to a harvest. So, strike the ground again, water those seeds, and wait in expectation for God to do what only He can do—bring forth fruit from your obedient actions.
Dive Deeper: Bible Study
Reflect on 2 Corinthians 9:6
"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously."
What does this verse reveal about the principle of sowing and reaping?
How can you apply this principle in your current season?
What are some seeds you've neglected that need your attention?
Identify one commitment or project you've left unfinished. Dedicate time this week to work on it, and as you do, meditate on Galatians 6:9, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
By aligning our actions with biblical wisdom, we set ourselves up for a life of fruitfulness and fulfillment. It's time to stop scattering and start sowing.