The Apostle Paul is inspired to communicate a Kingdom principle that is under utilized by the citizens of the Kingdom of God. He states in 1Cor. 3:6 that one man plants, another waters, but God gives the increase. Now we can exegete this text and make life applications to the text that are innumerable. But as we have been reflecting on utilizing our gifts and putting them into action to yield produce of praise to God and nourishment for others and ourselves, let's take a look at the principle of seed and harvest and by faith, put it to use.
God's Kingdom principle of seed and harvest is that that which is planted will produce greater than what is planted, later than it was planted. For example if you plant an apple seed, and water the apple seed - nourish it in the ground, God will bless it (in His season) to yield a tree full of apples! You started with a seed, but by your due diligence, and obedience to God's Kingdom standards for life, you have greater than you planted, later than you planted it.
Now it doesn't stop there, because the harvest of fruit can have many uses! In our example it is great as a tasty nourishing fresh apple. However it has several applications! The apples can be used to produce apple juice, apple jam, apple pie, apple fragrance, and so on, and so on. Each application can yield a harvest of income that can be planted yet again, and you haven't even got back to the potential of seeds inside each apple!
Recently I shared this principle with a friend of mine, as I am sharing it with you. In his case he had written a poem, but hadn't quite seen its potential to produce a harvest. As citizens of the Kingdom of God, every seed-gift that God provides must be viewed through the lense of Kingdom privileges. Which means that as we study the Word of God and are given principles of the Kingdom we will exercise the privilege of applying those principles to our lives - for God's glory and the good of others. That's another Kingdom principle by the way. Everything we do should glorify God (always) and edify others and ourselves (sometimes).
The poem that my friend wrote was testimony of praise unto the Lord. Recited as such gives praise to God and certainly encourages anyone who is listening, but it has several uses. It can be broadcasted as a poem, a song, a T-shirt, a plaque, a coffee mug, and more. As your reflect on this information today, take inventory of your gifts. One by one map out their applications, and then seek the Lord as you create a strategy and a plan to bring them from thought to fruition. As you reap the harvest God has in store for you, I'm sure you'll find it may be one harvest, but many uses. Next time we will take a look at technology that is literally "at your finger tips" to produce media you may not have realized you can produce. To God be the glory.
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Emery Barber Pastors Shepherd's House OBC, East-NY Brooklyn with his wife Stephanie, Co-Founder of FaithWorks Christian Fellowship, Int'l, the Media Director of EBCreativeMedia.com Solutions, and author of BeCreative!, Strategy for a New Beginning, Everblessed Psalms of the Lord, and co-author of Words of Faith. Contact him for public speaking engagements, or consultation on your next creative media project or training seminar.