At first glance sowing seems to be a waste. You take perfectly good seed, which could be used for food, and you throw it onto the ground to rot. Yet eons of human experience tell us that this discarded seed should yield, in time, thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold. It’s just the same with sowing to the Spirit. “He who sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting” (Gal. 6:8). We deny ourselves, sacrifice, and extend ourselves in service to others without any certain knowledge that our efforts won’t be so much wasted, decaying seed. We take up our cross on which we crucify our fleshly desires and worldly hopes in the expectation that “in due season,” like hopeful farmers, “we will reap if we faint not.” At harvest time does the farmer miss his seed-corn? Will we regret any self-denial in the day of our reward?
Blessings, Richard Kirby