Faye Bryant

Choose your harvest: life or death

When a farmer plants wheat, he does not harvest corn. When a gardener plants roses, she does not reap daisies. This principle is as old as time. What we put in is what we get out, multiplied. A couple kernels of corn placed into the ground brings out multiple ears of many kernels.

Apostle Paul wrote this in a letter to the believers in Galatia. He went on to explain that when people live only for their own sinful nature, they harvest decay and death, while those who live to please God harvest everlasting life.

We get to choose. We can serve self, indulging in the pleasures of our flesh, from promiscuity and wanton living to simply ignoring God and going our own way, and we will reap death. Yes, we’re all going to die, but this is understood to mean eternal death. A forever without any semblance of God. No kindness, no love, no friendship, no truth, no peace — nothing that is of God. That is an ugly, never-ending death that we really don’t want to be our harvest.

We can choose to serve God, entering into a relationship with Him through the gift of salvation. We can choose to love Him above all and love the humans He created same as He does. We can choose to allow His Spirit to reign in us so that choosing what pleases Him over what pleases us is easier because we are changed and our wants have become different.

We get to choose what we plant. We’re standing at the biggest seed rack ever, deciding between flower or food, herbs or vegetables. We’re determining what to place into the fertile ground of our freshly plowed hearts, knowing that whatever we choose, it will grow. It will multiply. It will develop into a harvest.

As we look at those seeds today, let’s don’t just look at the pictures on the packets meant to please our eyes, let’s consider the harvest we want and go with that. The good news is, we can keep planting that seed every day and the harvest will be exceedingly plentiful. Every moment of every day is planting season. Are you ready?

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