Willfully Sow the Seed We Want to Grow

After we determine the spiritual results we want …   After we decide what we wish to reap… After we have chosen which dog we want to feed and turn loose in our life … now, …Willfully Sow the Seed We Want to Grow.

We honestly need to meditate upon the LORD’s will in our life.  Is the LORD, His heart, and His will active in our sowing, or does the sinful nature and the world control what we “plant” and how much we “plant”?

Christians have more control over our sinful nature then we show – not perfect in any way, but we can obey our Savior more than we do.  Christians can give thought to what kind of Christians we want to be.  We are not slaves to our base natures.  After all, we are new creations (2 Corinthians 5:17). With these preceding truths in mind, sow seed so that the LORD can bring about a godly harvest that you want.

Sadly there times when we do not feel like sowing godliness.  Our sinful nature wants to come out and to control.

When we have a bad day at work we may feel that we are a moment from getting angry or we our frustration level has risen into the “red zone.” At such times we do not feel like sowing with godly seed, but the seed of our sinful nature might seem more attractive to deal with our anger or frustrations.

Occasionally we have to deal with someone at church who seems to push just the wrong buttons, and pulls just the wrong cords.  We do not feel like dealing with that person in a loving fashion, even though he/she is a Christian brother/sister.  If we have had a similar relationship in the past, it may become harder and harder to feel like being kind to him/her. Our sinful nature wants to growl at them.

When we have to deal with a person who is regularly angry and may regularly focus their anger on us, we know we do not feel like sowing godliness for that person.  We want to turn loose the junk yard dog in our heart.

There are any number of scenarios that discourage us from sowing godly character, but encourage sowing the sinful nature.  We may even think that our sinful nature deserves to be turned loose.

Even when we feel that our sinful nature deserves to be let loose, the will of the LORD who saved us has not changed.

  • Our LORD still wants us to forgive others as He has forgiven us.
  • The LORD still wants us to be kind, compassionate, and loving regardless of how others are treating us.
  • If we sow with our sinful nature we are not following our Savior, we are feeding the “junk yard dog,” and will not reap a harvest of godliness.

We cannot let our feelings or sinful nature rule who we are or who we are becoming.

Even when we do not feel like sowing righteousness, do so.  Using our Christian will to control our feelings and our sinful nature, act and do what is right.  Then, let God fill in the reality in our heart.  We may be tempted to think that we are being fake or two faced.  We aren’t!  We are honoring the LORD and acting with faith even when our sinful nature does not feel like it.  Plant the seed and trust the LORD to fill in our hearts and bring about the harvest.

Larry Christenson, a pastor from the 60’s used an excellent illustration for honoring the LORD even though we do not feel like it.  Summarizing his thoughts ….

Even when we do not feel like acting like a Christian, do so.  This Christian attitude is like pouring concrete.  We are to build the forms for the pour which the concrete will fill.  Our actions and thoughts are to honor the LORD and build those forms even when we do not feel like there is substance in them.  Then, we are to expect that the LORD will fill in the concrete so that our actions and attitudes (which might seem to be a little fake and do not match our sinful nature’s temptations) will then match up with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will have substance.

Disobey the sinful nature that directs our heart to throw away the godly.  Disobey the sinful nature and do what is right even if our actions and thoughts feel weak.  Let the LORD grow the harvest as we follow and obey Him.

The LORD wants us to sow with godly seed and reap a harvest of righteousness.  Sow godly seed and let the LORD grow the harvest.  Build the forms and let the LORD pour the concrete.  Feed the godly hound and release that dog to act in our world.

7bA man reaps what he sows. 8 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 6:7b,8).

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