INTRODUCTION: Planting Your Garden For a Fruitful Harvest

I love the You Version Bible app on my phone. I use it all the time. I read the devotionals and reading plans for inspiration, clarity and wisdom. I am starting a new reading plan called Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40-day Journey. During the next 40 days I will post the scripture context and my thoughts. This devotional uses the garden as a metaphor to growing in Christ. You can join me if you want and post your thoughts in the comment section.

 

The imperishable seed – the word of God! (1 Peter 1:23, Luke 8:11). Several years ago archaeologists found a wheat seed in a pyramid. The seed was thousands of years old dated to around 2500 BC. When planted in fertile soil, the 4500-year-old wheat seed sprouted and grew! “You have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and abiding word of God. For, ‘All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the word of the Lord abides forever.’ And this is the word which was preached to you” (1 Peter 1:23-25).

In his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul tries to help believers comprehend the incomprehensible inheritance they have been given when they were adopted into the family of God! We all have been given so much more than we know what to do with, and unfortunately much of what we have remains locked up in towering silos because we don’t understand what it means to be “in Him.” Until we access our abundant inheritance by faith, it will lie there dormant and asleep, producing no life and no fruit.

Let’s raid those silos, take those seeds, plant them in fertile soil and reap an extravagant eternal harvest! We must ask God to plant His word into our hearts, and then live it out by faith. The Bible declares that faith is a gift, obtained “through hearing and hearing through the word of God!” (Romans 10:17). We must put ourselves in the position to “hear” God’s word by spending time in God’s word, studying His word, and meditating on it. Upon hearing the word by the power of the Holy Spirit, we must apprehend that word by choosing to believe it and live according to it in the power of the Holy Spirit. When we do, we are planting seeds of righteousness in our hearts that will bring forth a harvest of righteousness.

My Thoughts:

Spending time reading the Word or even listening to it really helps me get through the day. Sometimes I can do it first thing in the morning and other times I have to wait until the evening or when I get 30 minutes to just sit still. But either way I find time to focus on Him. If I can find time to work on my business, cook, clean, help others then  can most certainly find time to spend with Jesus. He has been a blessing to my life. So much has happened over the last few months that I just don’t know where I would be without Him. He provides us with all of our needs and in return He just wants us to be faithful to Him. I am grateful for the blessings that he has bestowed upon me, thankful for the gifts he has given me. There are times when the gifts can be overwhelming, times when I question Him about what He wants me to do but I have to remember that my faith is in Him and He is guiding my path.

Each day is a new day to walk in my purpose, to tell someone else about His goodness. Have you told someone about Jesus today?

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