I have a box of vegetable seeds sitting in my shed. But since I’ve never planted and watered them, they have never grown to give me a single vegetable. And until I plant and water them, they will never produce anything.
But soon, I am going to plant those seeds. And I intend to plant them in good soil, with good water, so that they might bear good fruit through God’s design.
In your life, you are planting seeds producing one of two kinds of fruit. And there are only two kinds, living fruit and dead fruit.
Like any fruit, living fruit starts with a little bud on a branch and grows to a healthy, plump size as it’s watered and cared for until it’s ripe for harvest. Then it’s eaten, and the seed from that fruit produces more fruit. And that one seed of righteousness can yield a hundred-fold.
It’s a delicious process.
On the other hand, dead fruit doesn’t produce anything but a bad smell, gnats, and rotten death. It’s good for nothing. And just like the rotten fruit in your pantry, it’s thrown out.
The Bible says, “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.” (Galatians 6:7-8)
Simply put, the way you live determines the fruit that comes out of your life. The results are abysmal if you live for yourself and do things contrary to God’s commands. Death and decay are the fruits you will produce.
The good news is you don’t have to have that kind of fruit come out of your life. You can choose a good godly seed. If you begin sowing seeds to please the Holy Spirit, you will reap a life-giving harvest. Who doesn’t want that?
Galatians 5:19-23 says, “When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Maybe you’ve been planting some lousy seed in your life, and the fruit is very evident. Your attitude stinks, your marriage is a wreck, your emotions are out of control, you’re living in deliberate sin or whatever it is.
With the help of the Holy Spirit, I would suggest you start planting godly seeds of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control.
And sow these seeds in abundance. “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.” (2 Corinthians 9:6) You won’t ever regret reaping the fruit from these.
And you’ll find that your life and relationships will change for the better.