Sow To Please The Spirit

In the spring, a farmer prepares the soil, plants the seed, and waits several days for the first signs of life. Many weeks pass before a few inches of growth occur and several months go by before it’s time to harvest. Much hard work and patience go into reaping a bountiful crop.

The soil of our spiritual field is rich, full of nutrients and moisture; and whether we realize it or not, we are working hard and planting in our field every single day. Let me say that again: Every day as we go out into the world we are planting into our spiritual field. Anything we plant is going to grow and produce a harvest according to what we have planted.

Galatians 6:7-9
“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. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Every day we are given the opportunity to go into the field and plant new seed; “His compassions never fail, they are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:22-23). We are also given the choice of which seed to plant. Seeds of faith and forgiveness are essential for our eternal survival. Seeds of hope and trust are necessary for a life of peace and contentment. And seeds of love, purity, worship and praise are the seeds which will make our fields beautiful – a fragrant offering to the Lord.

But there is another type of seed – the seeds of lies and deception, of worldly passions and self exaltation. Unfortunately, once these seeds are planted, they can grow faster and stronger than all competing plants. If allowed to grow, these sinful seeds will rise up to dominate the field and choke everything which draws us closer to God; “The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature” (Luke 8:14).

Today is a new day with a new opportunity to plant. We must not grow weary of planting that which draws us closer to God; “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think of such things” (Philippians 4:8). Today, we WILL plant – so let’s plant wisely!

Let’s sow seed which glorifies our Heavenly Father and honors Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior; and let’s nurture our field with an unending love. Let’s sow the seeds of a bountiful harvest which is free of weeds as we daily abandon the sinful nature and sow to please the Spirit.

Have a Christ Centered Day!

Steve Troxel
God’s Daily Word Ministries

4 responses to “Sow To Please The Spirit”

  1. J Cates

    Great message. Do you believe that someone that is disabled that hardly goes out can sow for the spirit by sitting at home and by using whatever resources he has to do work for God? Even if he does not seem to reach anyone by the use of things like Facebook, e-mail or other. I help on a group called ”Let’s Pray for One Another” and then I started a group called ”Do You Wish to know Christ, Just Ask?” But I also thought of renaming it to ”Learning about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Christianity”. I consider Non-Denominational for I believe that I do not fit into an ordinary denominational type church setting, I believe in what the Bible states and believe in teaching or doing & being the way Jesus and the Holy Word tells us to preach, be like and to live. With a kind, tender, and loving heart when spreading the Word of God like Christ, the Son of God, dis. Never through judging one another or picking and choosing who to talk to. The Gospel should be spread to all with a tender, caring, and loving tongue that does not offend others and if it does walk away and knock the dust fŗom your sandals when you leave. We can only spread the Word of God, as much as we would love to see all of the children of God, who Christ died for, receive and accept His Holy Word and Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. All we can do is tell them the message, show them the door for them to open and walk through to our Lord & Savior, but we unfortunately cannot open & walk them through the door for that is for them to decide if they would like Christ in their life and then accept Him whole heartedly & believe in Him. That’s something we cannot do for them. All we can do after talking to them while walking with them and showing them the beautiful door that leads to the salvation and forgiveness of Christ which came from Christ enduring pain, suffering, and death to those 3 days before His Glorious Resurrection. Where He now sits at the right hand

  2. Godwin

    Thank you Bro. Steve for a message clearly delivered. After accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and master, I believe this writeup is the next step to guarantee a fruitful, effective and heaven bound living. I thank God I found it today. We must constantly decide to keep sowing to please the spirit.

  3. dami sole to d spirit is a Paramount tinzs in d Christians life cos d spirit is God…we live by d command of d spiritual world

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