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A few summers ago, I had two healthy cherry tomato plants growing in my garden…
despite the fact that I didn’t plant them and had done nothing to make them grow.
Long after they started to grow, my daughter heard me talking about these plants, and she innocently said, “I planted them.”
With a shrug, she said, “I planted two tomatoes last year.”
Apparently, not knowing if they would grow, she took two tomatoes from the previous year’s plant and buried them. Not seeds, but whole tomatoes.
I thought the extreme temps and very little rain would have been the end of them, but my husband started watering them and they continued to grow.
As I enjoyed the fruit of their labor, I was reminded of another seed that grows—the seed of faith. A seed that, perhaps unknowingly, you may have planted in the hearts of those around you.
God calls us to live our lives in a way that’s pleasing to Him and for others to see. When our lives reflect God, not only is our own faith strengthened, but it is an opportunity for others to learn the Good News of Jesus through us.
We plant the seed of faith, not knowing if we will see it grow in someone’s heart. But God knows. He knows how much watering and care the seed needs, and when it will take root allowing faith to grow.
Paul explained this in his first letter to the Corinthians…
After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. 1 Corinthians 3:5-9a NLT
More than likely, if you have a loved one who is a believer, you are enjoying the fruit of someone else’s labor—someone who planted or watered the seed of faith, which God caused to grow.
Now consider this…perhaps someone right now is seeing the fruit of your labor—the seed you’ve planted or watered in someone else, so God could make it grow.
[This post first appeared at Laura Rath ~ Journey in Faith and 5 Minutes for Faith. All rights reserved. / Photo credit: FreeImages.com]
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