Planting Time

The wise man said, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Eccl. 3:1-3).

Right about now is a good time to plant. The blustering winter winds are giving way to the balmy breezes of Spring which will soon turn it all over to the soft summer air. Just about everywhere people are planting flowers, trees, vegetables, and sowing grass seed. Planting is the start of something new, something filled with great expectations. The seeds that have lain dormant all through the winter months are springing back to life.

Planting time reminds us that it is always time to sow the seed of the Kingdom. There is no time to begin, no time to stop. Only when time is no more can sowers in the Kingdom rest from their labors. We have an incorruptible seed (1 Pet. 1:23) which is the word of the kingdom (Luke 8:11; Matt. 13:19). Sowers in the Kingdom must be “instant in season and out of season” (2 Tim. 4:2).

Sowers reap what they sow (Gal. 6:7). Those who wish to reap the sweet fruit of the great Kingdom of God must sow the certified seed of the gospel of Christ (Gal. 1:11). Anything other will produce nothing but a corrupt crop (Matt. 15:13).

As workers in the Kingdom today, let each of us be reminded of the urgent duty we have to spread this vital message. God’s people once heard the stinging rebuke, “Is the seed still in the barn?” (Hag. 2:19). Seed never does what God intends for it until and unless it is sown in to the hearts of sinners.

“Are you sowing the seed of the Kingdom, brother?” Look around you; see the teeming masses of people who are lost and destined for eternal ruin. You have the power to save them in the ancient gospel of Christ (Rom. 1:16-17).

It’s planting time now -- tomorrow may be too late. -- DRS

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