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God is Waiting for You to Plant a Seed

“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 12:14 NIV)

What does a farmer do with the barren field that's producing no income? He doesn't complain about it. He doesn't worry about it. He doesn't even need to pray about it. He just goes out and plants some seeds. He knows that nothing is going to grow until the seed in the ground. Everything in life stars as a seed—a life, a relationship, a business, even a church. And nothing happens until the seed is planted. Are you waiting on God for a windfall? God says, “I'm waiting for you to plant the seed.” Why does God require us to plant a seed? Because sowing seed is an act of faith. Planting is participating with God’s process of fruitfulness. When you sow seed, you take what you have and give it away. That takes faith! And it brings glory to God.

Jesus described this principle of sowing and reaping when He explained why He came to earth to die on the cross. Jesus said, “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 NIV). Jesus was saying, “millions of people will be saved and go to Heaven because of my death and resurrection. I'm going to plant a seed, and the seed is my life.”

Here is the principle of sowing and reaping: whatever you need, plant a seed. If you need more time, give more time to your kids. If you need more money, give more money to someone who needs it. If you need more wisdom, share the wisdom you have with others. Whatever you need, plant a seed. Give yourself away! It may not make sense to give away something that you need more of, that is exactly the attitude that God wants to bless, and it will produce fruit in your life. When you have a need, don't gripe about it, don't wish about it, don't worry about it—just plant a seed!

What did you hear?

What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What do you think?

How does it apply to your life? _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

What will you do? Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22) _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

Now talk to God This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you. _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________

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