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The Seed Principle



All of creation is based on the “seed principle.”  God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so.  And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind…” (Genesis 1:11-12).


God made provision for His creation to continue by the principle of “whose seed is in itself.”  He told the man He created to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28) by the same seed principle.


The same is true in the spiritual realm.  “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for what a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7-8).  Paul continued teaching this principle by saying, “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

We can’t sow in Maine and reap in California.  We reap where we have sown.  We can’t sow in the flesh and reap in the Spirit; but the good news is that when we sow in the Spirit, the flesh will benefit from it.  We will have blessings that we can’t contain when we make the right choice about sowing.


When we were born again, the seed principle was at work.  “Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever” (1 Peter 1:23).  1 John 3:9 tells us that “His [God’s] seed remains in him” ("Him" being he who has been born again).  Now he has been prepared to reproduce “after his own kind” -- the image of the Father, because His (God’s) seed remains in this new-born child.


The purpose of seeds is propagation.  God wants us to grow to maturity and bear fruit, which will produce seed.  Jesus said to His disciples, “…I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain...” (John 15:16).  It was necessary that their fruit “remain” to maturity so it would be filled with ripened seed, and that seed would be sown and result in the perpetual spreading of seeds (the gospel).  An unending cycle.


Paul’s blessing to the Corinthian church:

“Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness; Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God” (2 (Corinthians 9:10-11).


Notice that seed is given to the “sower,” not to one who eats his seed!  The sower’s blessings would be material (bread for food) and spiritual (fruits of righteousness).   Since seed reproduces “after its own kind," we must assume by this blessing that Paul expected them to sow material and spiritual seed.  These will be “enriched, bountiful” and result in thankfulness.


May we bear much fruit; may it remain and reach maturity and produce more “after our kind.”  May we be mature fruitful branches filled with seed-laden fruit that will result in much more seed-producing fruit that our Heavenly Father would be pleased to call His own—after His own image, whose seed “remains” in us.  Then we will be profitable to the kingdom of God and hear Him say “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


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   Bringing the Sheaves 

Sowing in the morning, sowing seeds of kindness,
Sowing in the noontide and the dewy eve;
Waiting for the harvest, and the time of reaping,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,
Bringing in the sheaves, bringing in the sheaves,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves,

Sowing in the sunshine, sowing in the shadows,
Fearing neither clouds nor winter’s chilling breeze;
By and by the harvest, and the labor ended,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves.


Going forth with weeping, sowing for the Master,
Though the loss sustained our spirit often grieves;
When our weeping’s over, He will bid us welcome,
We shall come rejoicing, bringing in the sheaves



Words:  Knowles Shaw

Music:  George A Mino







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