Seeds, Pits and Pit Wars

Someone said the other day, while holding up a peach pit, if you plant this in the ground you will get a peach tree. Farming and gardening is not one of my strong points. But I have experience spitting  watermelon seeds onto the  ground and noticed later, a watermelon plant or two.

My son and I use to have “Pit Wars”. After having a watermelon we would save all those seeds on a paper plate. Then he would sit at one end of the kitchen table and I would sit at the other. We would take one  seed off the dish, set it on the table and with the edge of our finger push hard on the back edge of the seed. The seed would shoot across the table and if the seed hit you, points were scored. Most points wins.

Reminds me of the time my niece was with me and I wanted to give people a good laugh, including my niece. I bought 3 bags of marshmallows. My niece and I bit off the ends of the marshmallows and pushed the marshmallows all over the exterior of my pick up truck. The doors, windows, hood, sides and rear and even the bumpers were covered in marshmallows. We stood in the parking lot looking at this green pick up truck covered in marshmallows.

When I told my niece, time to go she was shocked to think I was now going to drive this truck covered in marshmallows.  In front of other people.

As we approached the long bridge over the river I stopped at the toll booth to pay the woman the toll. She looked at the truck with big eyes. I made a comment and laughed, the woman taking my toll money started laughing and my niece was cracking up in the passenger seat. I wonder what the woman from the toll booth told her family.

Not only do gardens and orchards have seeds, but so does life. And not only the seeds of having children, but life itself.
Isaiah 54:1 KJV  “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord .”

We have and plant all kinds of seeds. Just as seeds in your garden differ, so do the seeds of life you plant. That woman and my niece will smile every time they think of that day with the marshmallows on the truck. My son will smile when he thinks of watermelon pit wars.

Compare tomatoe seeds to corn seeds. Now add a peach pit. All three are seeds. You can plant all you want. But your harvest is determined by 2 things:

~ Where you plant
~ Controlling bugs
Luke 8:5-15 explains that.

But where do the seeds come from? Seed of God’s word comes from God’s word – but that is God – what about life?
Sure we have seeds and pits for food and even life, but what about areas in life, relationships,  jobs, careers, career paths and even fun?

Genesis 1:11-12 KJV  “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
[12] And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

Notice the earth brings forth seed after “his” kind. Notice God assigns the masculine word “his” – so the seed the male carries. And the seed “is in itself” . I am not discussing this from a biological sense but from the laws of nature and God’s word. Why? Because God established the laws of nature. This is a study “in itself“.

But knowing seeds are within us – God created each of us with a body, soul and spirit. The seed God put in us was spirit,  the breath of life. Genesis 2:7 KJV
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Remember God is a God of the living not a God of the dead. Adam and Eve’s sin made all of us dead to God. The Old Testament shows how Israel was going through all kinds of ceremonies and trying to keep laws and commandments they could never keep and all to earn favor with God. When Jesus came he paid once for all (Hebrews 9:25-28) for mankind’s sin debt.  And Hebrews 10:10-14 KJV  “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all .
[11] And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
[12] But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
[13] From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
[14] For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

Paul explains the gospel of salvation in 1 Corinthians 15 and notice in Ephesians 2:1, those who have believed and received are “quickened” or made alive unto God. Once we are made alive unto God, we receive all the promises of God as “dear children” of God. So the seed planted in us, from God, comes alive.

If you take 20 tomatoe seeds and 20 corn seeds and line them up on a table, nothings happens. If you take 20 people and line them up nothing happens. But take one of those tomatoe or corn seeds and plant it in “good soil” water them and give them light, control the bugs, the seeds come to life.

Take one of the twenty people lined up and plant the seeds of God’s word, a skill, a dream in them, control the bugs, water them through teaching, patience, guidance and give them light – direction – they will come to life.

But how many times have weeds or bugs overtaken your garden? Weeds and bugs can kill dreams, choke out God’s words, can cause the plant to grow in every which direction. Did you ever notice when seeds grow they root? If you could put a camera under ground in your garden and record the growth you would see roots forming. You would watch a peach pit become a tree producing even more peaches with pits.

As a believer, God has planted the promises of his word in you – inside you – in the form of seeds. When those seeds in you come to life in you it will change your life and walk with God. Why did God pick David over his brothers? Why Joseph or Moses? Why Peter, John and Paul? Everyone God picked had a love for his word, his ways, for God himself. Abraham believed God.

It is one thing to believe God’s word and quite another to believe and plant God’s word in you and then control the bugs, water and give light (direction).  When the seeds of God’s word come alive in you, then you will understand,

Philippians 4:13 KJV
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
And
Philippians 4:19 KJV
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Until next time.

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