04 Oct Planting Seeds
I know most of us don’t live on farms these days, but when Jesus walked the earth it was trending. And this is the time and season for harvesting. Most of the images I have in my mind when I think of harvesting are baskets full of fruit, vegetables, and pumpkins – the results of endless hours of hard work that have finally culminated into a special season of reaping the fruit of the labor.
Harvesting requires work too, but it is usually marked with celebration, joy, and parties. What makes harvest time even more special is when the same farmers who planted, watered and cared for the seeds over a long period of time get to be the same ones who do the harvesting as well!
But in many cases, there can be different people doing different jobs at different stages – each one just as crucial and important as the next.
The same is true in the Kingdom of God:
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9, NIV)
One of the things I love about the church is that every Sunday can feel like a harvest celebration with people coming to Jesus and experiencing the hope and grace their souls have longed for! I’ve had the privilege of seeing this first-hand as the newhope Columbia Campus Pastor. This Sunday, our campus is celebrating our One-year Anniversary Celebration and the fruit of what God is doing here has been nothing short of amazing! But that only happens because seeds were planted – without seeds, there would be no harvest.
We all play a role! When we invest and invite we plant a seed, when we serve others we plant a seed, when we respond in love we plant a seed, when we share our stories we are planting seeds and the list goes on…
These are the seeds that God can use to grow, mature and bring someone to a place where they are ready to follow Jesus, but they would never have gotten to this place if we didn’t do our part.
This is what it means to LOVE MY CITY! This Sunday will be part three of this series and it will set the tone for many harvests to come. The result is dependent upon us…what role will you play? Hope we’ll see you at a newhope campus!
Columbia Campus Pastor