Growing up in Mkpani, an agrarian community in Cross River State, Nigeria, I realized that most subsistence farmers named the time between planting and harvest “yowa” season because saved or purchased seeds of major staple crops – yam, cassava and maize are planted and harvested after a couple of months. During this “yowa” or “hunger” season, food is in short supply and farmers rely on food stored from the previous harvest. Before I left Mkpani for the city, over two decades ago, as a young cassava farmer, I felt the pains farmers experience to provide the basic needs of their families. Aside from helping my parents in the farm, I owned cassava farms. During the pre-harvest seasons, like other farmers, I left my home before 7a.m and depending on the nature of work, I returned at dusk completely worn out. Every farmer that wants to maintain a steady food and income supply, must work tirelessly during the pre-harvest seasons.
The Bible declares that so long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest shall not cease (see Genesis 8:22). This is a universal law or principle that is applicable not just to farming. As a monitoring and evaluation specialist, I am aware and it is obvious or predictable that if there is no input or activity, there will not be any relative output, outcome or impact. If we want to remain valuable to ourselves, families and the society, we must follow this principle as there is a time to sow and there is a time to reap or harvest.
The Oxford Dictionary (online) defines “Sow” as planting seed by scattering it on or in the earth. In the Bible, sowing is used as a metaphor for one’s actions. According to Wikipedia – an online encyclopedia, tears are a clear liquid secreted by the lacrimal glands found in the eyes of all land mammals. Tears occur as a part of the body’s natural pain response. This implies that when we sow in tears, we are taking a particular action in pains – with sacrifice and inconvenience. Hence, every action – good or bad, we take in life, is a seed. We will look at sowing good or positive seeds. It is important to be mindful and intentional about out daily actions in business, ministry, career and academics, to name but a few areas.
The Bible declares that those who sow in tears will definitely reap in joy (Psalm 126:5-6). “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
We sow seeds in the different departments of our lives – be it in our relationship with God, family, business or career. We can sow different forms of seed, but I will discuss sowing one’s life and substance.
Sowing Your Life
In God’s Kingdom or Jesus’ culture, before you can sow any other seed, you must sow your life as a seed to God. Our lives are precious to God; for this reason, He sacrificed Jesus Christ, His Son, in order to have many sons and daughters (see John 3:15-16).
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest.” (John 12:24 – Amplified Classic Version)
In the above Bible passage, Jesus is emphasizing the importance of dying to fleshly desires. A believer will only grow spiritually and create a positive impact in the society if he or she dies to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). In the preceding verse (John 12:25), Jesus added that, “Anyone who loves his life loses it, but anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it to life eternal. [Whoever has no love for, no concern for, no regard for his life here on earth, but despises it, preserves his life forever and ever. Amplified Classic Version].
You must let go everything that will stand between you and your relationship with God or eternal life. Salvation is the gift of God because believers are saved by grace and not works (see Ephesians 2:8-9), however, the ultimate salvation, which is life on the new earth, requires some work. Only believers who are faithful and endure the spiritual and physical work involved shall be saved (see Matthew 24:13, Philippians 2:12-16). So, to sow your life to God, you must die to self – foregoing the selfish, physical, and egotistical desires of this world and wholeheartedly seeking God’s Kingdom. You must allow your old ‘you’ to be crucified and raised with Christ into a new and recreated life by the power of the Holy Spirit (see Romans 6:4,6).
To sow your life to God – letting the Spirit of God to recreate you, you must take the first step of accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. If you are yet to do so, say this prayer of salvation: Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. I accept You as my personal Lord and Savior. I believe that you died and rose again to save me. I declare that I am born again. I receive the gifts of forgiveness and righteousness. Thank You for accepting and glorifying me. Amen!
Congratulations, if you said the prayer. Welcome to the family of the Most High God and begin to reap the joy of salvation. God bless you!