Daring Faith Devotional: Day 24

May 03, 2016, By: Crossroads Church

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 12:24

What does a farmer do with a barren field that’s producing no income? He doesn’t complain about it. She doesn’t worry about it. He doesn’t even need to pray about it. She just goes out and plants some seed. He knows that nothing is going to grow until the seed is in the ground.

Everything in life starts 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 a seed. Why does God need 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 and why he must 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). Jesus was explaining: The world will be saved and people will have eternal life 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, but that is how God does things, and giving will produce fruit in your life. When you have a need, don’t gripe about it, don’t wish about it, and don’t worry about it—just plant a seed!