Seed must be planted in good ground

Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! (Matthew 13:8 NLT)

The goal of seed planting is to reap a harvest. The goal is not just to plant some seed, but it’s a start.

Now that you’re planting seeds for a future harvest, we must verify that the ground will yield a desirable outcome.

There are different kinds of soil, as typified in Matthew 13. Each type of soil yields a different value and size of harvest. It’s a natural law, and a spiritual law. A rocky road has less chances of yielding a bountiful crop compared to a well-tilled land.

For starters, our home church is (supposedly) good ground. If you claim a certain church as a spiritual home where you receive spiritual nourishment and care, then it’s good ground.

There are other good grounds out there, much like there are stock options around where your investments will grow.

A good ground can be a person:

Whoever welcomes a prophet as a prophet will receive a prophet's reward, and whoever welcomes a righteous person as a righteous person will receive a righteous person's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward. (Matthew 10:41-42 NIV)

What is the reward of a prophet or a righteous person? It must be great! My seed of kindness in a form of cold drinks has a harvest.

The widow of Zarephath knew this very well. The prophet Elijah was unashamed to ask from her some water and bread in a famine-ravished land. And yet, in all the people in that area, she and her were overflowing with provision. (1 Kings 17:7-16)

Disclaimer and Caution

God’s laws are perfect; but we humans are flawed. Some Christian leaders have issues of corruption when it comes to offerings. 

That’s why our Lord warned us ‘not to let our left hand know what our right hand is giving.’ (Matthew 6:3)

Better yet, give to their ministry or church, and not directly to the person.

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