September 16, 2013

What Are You Planting?

Every day, every moment with every action of our lives, we are planting something. So, what are you planting? When you think about it, all seeds have power and potential. When we plant seeds in the ground, they grow. Why? Because seeds contain life.

But some of us are spending our life planting rocks, not seeds. You may be doing some good things, but there is no life in it, so it’s not going to last. When people look at your life from the outside, they might be impressed because you have big bank accounts, big achievements, big goals, big dreams, a big reputation, and you’re planting big things. But, if I plant this rock in the ground, we’ll never see it again. There’s no life in it. If all you’re doing is accumulating things and trying to impress people, the moment they bury you in the ground, your impact is over. It’s done. Game over.

So how do I know if what I am planting contains life? Well, I have to ask myself – is it an unselfish seed or a selfish seed? In John 12:24 Jesus said, “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.” As it dies, it opens up to produce life. And, I have to die to myself – my selfish desires and goals and dreams, so that I can plant unselfish seeds. You see, there are two things that last forever, and if I invest my life in those two things, then my life and my impact will last for generations.

The first thing that lasts forever is God’s Word. The Bible says the grass withers and the flowers fade, but the Word of God stands forever. So, whenever you spend time in God’s Word, like you’re doing today, it is going to have an eternal impact.  The second thing is people. People live forever – either in Heaven or in hell. So, anytime you do anything to make a difference in the life of someone else by planting an unselfish seed, it will last forever. We have to die to ourselves and that is when we find total fulfillment.