Until a few years ago, I had never taken into account the faith that is a part of farming.
My family, and every farmer that I know, plants tiny seeds every spring in hopes that it will produce a harvest in the fall. Corn, beans, milo and sometimes sunflowers. The crops produce feed for our cattle or finances to provide for the family.
When we plant these little seeds we know that there is a possibility that the seeds may never come up out of the ground. Maybe the plants will be harmed or destroyed by hail, insects, flooding or drought. But we have faith that God will provide if He has called us to be farmers.
Farmers don’t stop caring for the seed after it’s planted. We prepare the land and cultivate the soil to help the seed grow.
Our gardens are the same. If we stopped caring for our plants, our space would become overwhelmed with weeds.
Our spiritual development is not much different. After we become Christians we will only grow if we cultivate our faith.
That looks different for everyone. Maybe it’s taking the time to read and pray. Possibly you are encouraged through worship with other believers at church. Some believers grow through listening to books and podcasts or maybe you belong to a community of believers that focuses on spiritual growth.
Maybe it’s planting seeds in others by mentoring or being a leader.
Fruits of the Spirit
As a Christian and as a farmer, I have always found some comfort in Galatians 5:22-23. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
I had to stop and consider if I was cultivating the seeds that my Fruits of the Spirit grow?
- Love: Do I seek the highest good of others?
- Joy: Do I possess a gladness that is not based on circumstances?
- Peace: Is there contentment in my heart and unity between people? Do other people ask “What do you have that I don’t?”
- Patience: Am I slow to speak and slow to anger?
- Kindness: Am I merciful, sweet and tender?
- Goodness: Am I generous and open hearted?
- Faithfulness: Am I dependable, loyal and full of trust? In Luke 17:10, it says “What we were told to do, we did.” Faith is doing what God has told you to do. Have I?
- Gentleness: Am I humble, calm and non-threatening?
- Self-control: Do I behave well?
Avoid Stinky Fruit
Fruit of the Spirit is perishable. It must be shared with others or it will spoil.
I find myself thinking about those fruit of the month clubs. Thankfully, no one has ever gifted me with a subscription, but I’ve heard there is a lot of fruit and if you don’t share it with your neighbors, it becomes a box of stinky, rotten fruit.
God says in Ecclesiastes 3:1-2: “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.”
I don’t know what season you are experiencing right now. Are you planting seeds or harvesting fruits? Maybe both.
I am in a season of growth largely because of my work with the Women of Faith Ambassadors. You can learn more at https://www.womenoffaith.com/ambassadors . I hope you will consider becoming an Ambassador. We are growing in spiritual strength, life leadership and real relationships.
Even if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, God will produce fruit in your life.
Matthew 17:20 “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”