Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. Genesis 1:28
Did you know you’re a gift and a seed? God has created you to be a gift to somebody. Although there are some people who don’t appreciate the gift you are, it’s their loss because they miss out on the gift you can be to them. You’ve been created to solve a problem. You’re an answer to someone’s prayer.
Not only are you a gift, but you’re a gift with gifts. You may not know what your spiritual gifts are. Even if you know your gifts, I believe there are gifts in you that are dormant and yet to be revealed. I John 3:2 says, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be.” The gifts God bestows upon you are meant to bless others. They are one of the means by which you sow seeds in the Kingdom.
If you want to discover your gifts, get to work in ministry. The disciples were all working when Jesus called them into training to fulfill their purpose. As you work in ministry, you must allow God to order your steps. He’ll guide you to your ultimate purpose. Where I started out in ministry looks nothing like where I am today, nor where God is taking me. However, in the process God allowed me to glean handfuls of purpose in each ministry in which I served. Patience is key because God isn’t in a hurry. He works to cultivate and mature you through process.
When it comes to ministry, how you serve is important. Ministry is what I call resistance training that tests you as it builds up spiritual muscle. It’s the process God uses to mature you. God will reward your faithfulness. Ephesian 6:8 says, “Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” In other words, as my Pastor says, “the good you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.”
You’re not only a gift with gifts, you’re a seed. As a seed, God sows you into various environments such as family, church, work and community. When God sows you into an environment, no matter how harsh it is, you’re equipped to thrive wherever you’ve been placed.
A seed is filled with potential and purpose; but it can’t be realized until it’s sown into an environment. When it’s planted it produces something greater than itself. The resulting harvest is more than the individual seed that was originally sown. As you work in your God-given assignment, your gifts and purpose are revealed in the environment you’re sown into. You must learn to stay in place and allow God to grow you.
You’re also a seed with seeds. Genesis 1:28 instructs us to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth. This means we dwell under a command of increase. Everything we do is a seed, good or bad. As a gift with gifts and a seed with seeds, God expects you to produce harvests throughout your lifetime. He watches over and prunes and guides and directs you to make sure you produce. Each harvest you produce contains more seeds for sowing. You’re a seed filled with promise. What are you doing with your seeds?
Until Next Time…
Reverend Cynthia Jackson
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