In Praise of Farmin’…

by Lester Young

Have you ever thought about Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska – you know, wheat-and-corn country? (…with all due respect to our international readers.) Even though the closest that most of us now ever come to a stalk of corn or wheat is a bag of enriched self-rising flour or a can of Green Giant Niblets, we need to stop and give a rousing ovation to the folks who actually produce the food that we so quickly and easily complain we’re overpaying Piggly Wiggly for. Because without them, the collective growls from those missed-meal cramps would be loud enough to be picked by Voyagers 1 and 2. But I digress…

My real point here is that farmers understand about sowing and harvesting crops. The most basic and fundamental principle they know is that if you want to reap a crop at all, the first thing you have to do is plant one – same as ‘if you want your ship to come in, you first gotta send one out.’ They don’t go out and stand there staring at an empty ‘south 40,’ looking all worried and irritable, when they know good and well they didn’t put any seed in the ground three months ago. They know better!

Farming is the perfect natural example of the Kingdom of God in action. It starts from a seed; the seed grows, becomes larger and matures; then it produces fruit, a crop for harvesting. The whole idea behind the seed – its sole purpose in life – is to manufacture fruit and reproduce itself many times over. Jesus often used the process of seed-time and harvest in His teachings when describing the Kingdom (the one, according to Mark 1:15, that’s at hand, right here right now). Matthew 13 and Mark 4 are particularly jam-packed.

Why’d he use those examples? Well, because He was trying to get across to us that that’s the way the system is set up. That’s the way you do it – that’s the way it’s done. It’s God’s system, and that’s how He does it. And we’re supposed to do it, too. Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto You…” (Luke 6:38), right? Among other folks, He came to preach the ‘good news’ to the poor. And what, do you suppose, would be good news to poor people? That they don’t have to live in poordom anymore! He gave them the formula to get out of it.

“But poor people don’t have anything to give.” True, but God’s also promised that He’ll give seed to the sower, as well as bread to the eater (2 Corinthians 9:10).  In other words, He’s quietly taken away all excuses. He’ll start the cycle for us if we need Him to. So, what we have to do then is commit to being a sower. Look, seed can either be eaten or sown – it really wasn’t designed for any other uses. Just don’t eat all your seed. The seed He’s given you to sow, sow it. Then play farmer and expect a big crop multiplied back to you (Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:10)!

P.S.: If any of you said that seeds can also be smoked………….well…you don’t get any points for that answer.

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4 Comments to “In Praise of Farmin’…”

  1. Well written, Lester. You have made some great points. Another thing we need to remember: we must plant in the right soil if we expect to reap a harvest. Just dumping it on top of stoney or sandy ground won’t do it. The soil must be plowed and the seed buried at the right depth. If we bury the seed 3 feet down, we will not have a harvest, either. And we must also tend the ground after the seed is sown. In times of drought, the farmer has to irrigate his land in order to produce a crop. He also has to fertilize the soil. Left to itself with out food and water, the seed will die. You know the old saying, A woman’s work is never done. Well, that could be re-stated: A Christian’s work is never done. We are so blessed. As you pointed out, the Lord gives us the seed to sow. He also gives us the knowledge and the strength to use that seed. And He gives us helpers as well. One sows, one waters, but only God can give the increase. We are not in this alone. He has thought about everything, and leaves nothing for us except to obey His Word. It can’t get much simpler, and yet we often turn it into a formidable job. We need to get back to the simplicity of life as God intended it to be.

    • So very true…the seed needs good soil, both in the natual and inwardly (spiritually), too. lol I actually talk about that in my book. God actually has left no stone unturned, and left us really nothing to do but choose His Way, as He said in Deuteronomy 30:19. Thanks Diane, always great to hear from you!!

      L

  2. Hi,

    Great post! Everybody has seed to sow and it doesn’t just mean money. It can be a smile, or helping a lady cross the street safely, and she doesn’t have to be an old lady either, but a woman with small children, or it can be visiting a disabled person, or going shopping for someone who cannot do it for themselves, or just reaching out to a person and saying a friendly good morning. When we start looking at what we can give, then we will find that we have a lot of seed to sow.

    One of the greatest seeds though is learning how to keep our word. When you promise to do something for someone they are depending upon it and when you keep your word and do it, you are sowing seed that will bring you a harvest.

    Great article Lester and I am passing it on to my FB and twtter followers.

    Shalom,

    Pat

    • Yes, our actions are seeds too, whether good or bad…that’s the basis for the old saying, “It’s all on the wheel; it all comes around,” as well as the concept of ‘karma.’ The Lord has told us since the beginning that our actions would reap consequences – favorable or unfavorable. Thay’s why He ‘recommended’ that we choose to walk in His Way. Thanks again, Pat…your response is always appreciated!!

      L

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