"As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease." Genesis 8:22
This principle applies to the physical world we live in and the spiritual way we live. What I am saying is these principles are methods used in heaven and earth to accomplish a desirable outcome. Itís rather simple your labor is the seed for the wages you reap and use to put food on the table. You expect wages by sowing your time and energy to support your family.
By the same token you go to the doctor for medical advice and by following his advice certain things are required to be done. By following the doctorís advice you expect to be healed.
On the other hand what about the way we handle our spiritual affairs?
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8
The way we live creates the road map for the sowing and reaping principle. Every seed starts in our mind as a thought before it becomes a deed. Whatever we do in our flesh reaps the kind of life we have sown. The bible tells us that we can sow to our sinful nature or to the spirit.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5
Colossians 3:2 tells us to set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. God has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires 2 Peter 1:4.
The outcome of what we sow is related to how God will judge the deeds of our flesh. The bible tells us that God will reward us according to what we have done in the flesh. Therefore it is important to learn the right kind of seed to sow so we can expect to receive eternal life with the Lord.
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 1 Corinthians 15:36-38
This was the subject matter when Paul spoke of being changed in the twinkling of an eye. Paul said the kind of life you lead becomes a seed to the body God resurrects.
So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
In the same way Jesus spoke of his life as contributing to the overall principle of what to sow in our own lives.
I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. John 12:24
Sowing his life on the cross was the initial cause that ushered in the new birth. It made it possible to reconcile God to mankind making forgiveness of sin part of the plan of salvation. Through the gospel story we learn of the atoning grace of God and the outcome of believing on him. Those who believed in his name he gave the right to become children of God and are born of God John 1:12-13. For it is with your heart that you believe and with your mouth that you confess "Jesus is Lord" that you are saved, and have become sons of the living God through faith in Christ Jesus Galatians 3:26-27.
The bible says,
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 1 Peter 1:23
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 1 Corinthians 15:37
No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:9
Within the parable of the sower Jesus explained the principle of sowing. He said the seed is the word of God Luke 8:11. He said not everyone will except the seed of Godís word or produce fruit to eternal life. He went on to say there are things in life that will keep the word of God from sprouting or producing fruit. The lack of watering the word and planting seed among thorns were the main culprits mentioned. However the seed that fell on cultivated and well watered soil produced a hundred times the seed that was sown.
I think we have to look at the farmer because he wasnít concernedwhere the seed fell. Even the seed that feel among the thorns has the potential to produce more than what was planted. And the same principle works out there in the world. Whether the seed sprouts and matures is not your responsibility but planting the seed of Godís word is.
Planting the word of God in your life was the reason you believed and ultimately why you were saved. Once you were saved that word has to be taken to heart where it will take root. For this reason you become a planting of the Lord because his word will grow in you and produce Christ in you if you make the effort to nurture it by doing what his word says.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity become the farmer that makes disciples of all nations. Sow the seed of Godís word among the thorns because the every kind of soil has the potential to produce fruit.