Lockdown in the UK – all three of them!
7th May 2021Lockdown in the UK – all three of them! – has, for most of us, brought about some new things to be thankful for. In the quest for activities to keep occupied whilst stuck at home, many of us turned to gardening – whether it be in a vegetable patch, a flower bed, or herbs in a window-box. There is a profound sense of wonder in seeing the total transformation from a tiny, dull looking seed, to a fully formed vegetable, fruit or flower. However enormous that transformation is, though, we fully expect to dig up a bunch of carrots if we have sown carrot seeds. A carrot seed won’t ever produce a potato. If we plant sunflower seeds, they will never produce lupins. Isn’t this really obvious, we might ask? But the point is that in our own lives we are all like gardeners. The Bible teaches us that the way that we invest our time and energy is like sowing seeds. Galatians 6:7 says: “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” (NKJV) The implication of these words is that we might well be deceived. We may well not have thought about what we are “sowing” in our lives and even less about what those “seeds” will actually produce. But when we stop and think about it, we realise that it’s true. If we smoke, we will damage our lungs. If we eat too much junk food, we will get fat. If we exercise, we will get fit. If we spend hours practising a musical instrument, we will be able to play it. What is true physically is even more important spiritually. Galatians 6:8 goes on, “…he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” If we spend our lives in simply pleasing ourselves, then we will “reap corruption” – we will simply die and there will be nothing good to show for it in the end. But if we fill our minds with good, wholesome, spiritual things from God’s Word, we will be investing in our spiritual lives and future. Let’s be sure that we are sowing God’s Word into our minds and lives, that it might, by His grace, transform us into something eternally beautiful. pershore.bible pershore-christadelphians.org