<<potential life, starting point>>
The future life of anything is in the seed – it is the means of continuation and increase. In many realms there must be the death of the seed before the resulting multiplication takes place (Jn 12:24; 1 Cor 15:36-38). In the parable of the sower, although the same seed was used there were four vastly different outcomes and even with the fertile soil there were three levels of productivity showing the more conducive the environment the better the germination and growth (Joel 1:17; Mt 13:3-23). The seed of God indwells us at salvation, so it is our responsibility to “Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you – guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us” so it grows and develops to maturity (2 Tim 2:14; 1 Pet 1:23; 1 Jn 3:9).
What sort of seed am I sowing?
that harvest, as God won’t cause what we have not sown to increase (Ps 126:6; Mk 4:26-29; 1 Cor 3:6,7; 2 Cor 9:10). Sow good seed if you desire to reap a harvest of like quality. Only seed sown can multiply, left in the packet they won’t produce! Seeds take time to grow, but grow they will – into true replicas of the parent stock! As the Bible also calls family descendants “seed”, hopefully you are passing good character qualities on down through the family line (Gen 3:15, 15:3).
Temptation and all wrong seed thoughts must be nipped in the bud, and dealt with early so they do not take hold because wickedness, like weeds, seems to increase without any assistance or effort on account of the sinful bias in our fallen nature (Hos 10:12; Mt 13:24-32). Actions, except for spontaneous ones, start with an idea or thought, these seeds need to be analyzed – are they beneficial and desirable and worthy of being developed further or are they destructive and ungodly and to be rejected.