“Those who sow in tears
will reap with songs of joy,
He who goes out weeping
carrying seeds to sow,
Will return with songs of joy
carrying sheaves with him.”
If we are going to be obedient to the “Great Commission”, we need to “GO”.
It is not specific on where to go, because the Holy Spirit will direct each person individually. Our “going”, is into the workplace and schools, and neighbourhoods nearby, as well as into distant lands.
As we go out, we need to have compassion. We need to weep for the lost, as well as weep with the lost when they are hurting.
The seed we are carrying is the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and the Fruit of the Spirit. Before we can plant the seed though, we need to go to the Distributor, our Lord Jesus, and get filled by Him. Sowing the seed is building relationships with people. As we show we care about them and what is happening in their lives, the seeds are being planted, and then watered and growing and being prepared for “Harvest Time”.
“He also said, ‘This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground, night and day. Whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it because the harvest has come.’”
Once the farmer has planted the seed in the ground, God starts the growing process. While sitting in the ground, the seed germinates, and grows from something so small into a full stalk above ground. Only God can make that happen. We cannot understand, or see what happens within that seed, but God is the Creator, and He is watching over it and in control of it.
As we plant the seeds of the Gospel into the lives of others, God is the One Who will cause the seed to grow. He watches over it. We cannot see the inner process, but we will see the results as the germination takes place and growth happens.
In the same way the farmer plants the seeds and trusts for them to grow, we plant seeds into lives and know that God will be working within those lives.
Each seed has power within it, that God has placed there, to explode through its shell and grow.
“I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the Power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”
There is power in the Gospel. The Gospel is the Power of God. Just as when a seed is planted in the ground and then grows, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is planted into a life, it will continue to work within that life.
The seeds are planted by speaking the Word, as well as by living the life that follows the example of Jesus, and allowing the Fruit of the Spirit to be picked from our lives and for the seeds to be planted within others.