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Seeds of Faith: Insights

By Doug Harrell

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In the mind of a farmer up here in the mountains May usually comes to mind as the month to sow seeds.  Today I want to look at what the Bible has to say about sowing seeds and relate it to our everyday life.  The very first thing that comes to my mind is that for a seed to produce, the plant must first die that produced the seed.  Seed is produced at the stage of maturity. We are told that we must die to self and be born again to produce fruit.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  John 3:3 KJV

Like it or not, we are all in essence sowing seeds every day of our lives. The critical issue is what kinds of seeds are we sowing.  It is truly amazing when you look at nature.  A seed produces a true image of itself, it is a reproduction of itself.  As you sow seeds, make sure that all your seeds are the same kind or the fruit you receive can be very different from what you expected.  If you sow mixed seeds, you will definitely get mixed results.  Our actions, if not consistent and true, will yield results that we cannot be sure of.  We cannot be Christians on Sunday and hellions on Monday and expect to receive a bountiful harvest for the Lord.

“He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”  Matthew 13:37-39 KJV

We have all heard many times that our very lives are the greatest message or sermon that we will ever preach. We write our obituary daily in the annals of time.  The adage that people; our children, our friends, our neighbors, and all those around us will be much more likely to follow our actions than our words.  Being true to ourselves and those around us daily is like sowing pure, undefiled seed.

“Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled.”  Deuteronomy 22:9 KJV

Living for Christ should always be the most important thing on your mind, not something that you do when it is convenient.  Learning to pray and seek His word daily is a component of life that happens by circumstance, you must truly search for and seek a relationship that is meaningful and personal.  When you do this, the pure seed that the Lord will want sown will be provided for you when you need it.  We can always find excuses as to why we didn’t have time to study, to pray, to sow or even to reap what we have sown.  Learning to be dedicated to being a disciple is a matter of commitment, not convenience.

“He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4 KJV

“In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.”  Ecclesiastes 11:6 KJV

Decide today that you are going to be fishers of men, not for just the material things of this earth, which are not necessarily bad, but they should never be our primary focus on life.  True happiness can never be found unless you are constantly searching for God’s truth and His fellowship.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV


Doug Harrell is a lifelong resident of Mitchell County, Owner of Harrell Hill Farms, a member of Pine Branch Baptist Church and former publisher of Blue Ridge Christian News. You can find him on Facebook at

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