Contrary to what some may believe, I didn’t always pay a whole lot of attention in Church when I was a kid.
If it didn’t have anything to do with me playing the drums or some woman shouting “in the Spirit,” it pretty much eluded my focus. However, there is a 10-word phrase spoken by a late pastor who used to come from Kansas City, Mo., to preach at my dad’s church every other year.
As an 8-year old child, I remember him saying: “If you put something in, you will get something out.” Of course, he was talking about the particular worship service we were in at the time, but he may as well have been talking about life.
He might as well have been preaching from Galatians 6:7-9. Apostle Paul was not trying to be spiritually “deep” or profound when he penned these words. As a matter of fact, he was providing Christianity with its own brand of Karma. Karma is an ideology primarily found in Eastern Religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. It is the idea that past and present moral actions can have an effect on the course or outcome of the future.
But Paul simplifies the concept further by appropriating it to the likeness of seed-planting and harvest. It’s actually so simple that it seems like it should be more difficult.
One doesn’t place an apple seed in the soil expecting a peach tree to sprout from the ground. Surely a person would not look for carrots where they have planted corn. At harvest time, even the most unsuccessful farmer knows that only what he plants is what he can expect to receive.
So the question to ponder today is, “What is in your soil?” What seeds have you been planting?
Seeds of meanness don’t usually produce a crop of kindness. Disobedience does not produce blessing. Lustful seeds will never stimulate love (as a matter of fact, it will kill it).
Seeds of hate planted into the soil of one’s heart will only yield hateful produce manifested through a person’s words, thoughts and actions.
But flip this Christian Karma concept to the positive side and you’ll notice Christ-like love giving way to Christ-like love. Peace will breed peace. Joy produces joy. Obedience positions you for breakthroughs. And even the seeds of spiritual suffering can provide a lifelong, rich fellowship with the Master that cannot be attained any other way! (Philippians 3:10)
In fact, you might be surprised of what just a little bit of positive seed can grant you. Have you ever noticed the size of most seeds is exponentially smaller than the crop it produces? That’s why Jesus said faith the size of a tiny mustard seed is all you need to produce the power that moves mountains from your life (Matthew 17:20-21)!
Well, I’m sure by now, someone is saying, “That’s sounds nice, but I’ve been planting good seeds for a long time now and I seem to only get bad harvest if any at all. What should I do about that?” Paul provides the answer: Keep planting!
Consider Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good.” The fact that he would even have to give us this reminder lets us know that there will be times when it seems our good “planting” isn’t being properly rewarded.
Notice, we are not painted a picture of instant gratification. We aren’t promised that there won’t be some lean harvests where the crop doesn’t perfectly produce.
In fact it’s implied that at times there will seem to be no harvest at all! But don’t lose sight of the fact that there is a promise to claim in the rest of verse 9:
“For at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.” The King James Version states the proper time as “due season.” Harvest time has a specific season.
For many, these autumn months (September, October, November) represent the season for Harvest. Farmers know not to expect the fullness of the crop until the time is right! Perhaps you’re pressing and pushing and stressing over a harvest that hasn’t come yet, only because God says, “It’s not yet time.” It’s not your season yet! But thank God for the fact that seasons do change!
What’s in your soil? What are you putting into the ground? Every thought, word and deed is your seed. When harvest time comes remember you will only get OUT what you’ve put IN!