For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
The season for watermelons is all but over around here. Yesterday at the grocery store the only watermelons they had were the little “personal” watermelons. I was amazed as I read the label stuck to the outside: “Your personal melon…may contain an occasional seed…”
Anybody who loves to eat watermelon (like me) knows that it is definitely more convenient to eat the seedless kind! No picking out or spitting seeds! You can eat it fast and free. It is definitely convenient. And we’re all into convenience, aren’t we?
But seedless fruit is terminal.God created the watermelon to produce seed after its own kind. That means that encoded in the DNA is the capacity and expectancy to reproduce. Our genetic engineers have conveniently tweaked the DNA to remove the bothersome seeds. We now can enjoy fruit with absolutely no concern or plans for future generations or harvests. Somebody else can bother with reproduction.
Seedless fruit is one-generational.
Can a Christian or church be of the seedless variety? In reality, no. But in philosophy and practice, yes! Businesses and organizations can also be seedless. Perhaps a more accurate way of describing it would be that of “eating all your seed”. It is quite possible that today’s successes and harvests can blind us to the reality that we are consuming all of our seed. We are not intentionally setting aside top quality seed for planting to secure future harvests. When we use all our resources for our present needs and no longer consider the responsibility to reach out and multiply, then we are eating all of our seed.
God through Isaiah said that when His word is at work in our lives that there will definitely be both “seed for the sower” and “bread for the eater.” A church that focuses only on “bread for the eaters” will sooner or later succumb to death. If we seek to keep all of the people we attract and use them for our “personal” in-house needs, then we’ve abandoned the vital role of sending, planting, and multiplying.
I call this the Esau-mentality. Esau gave up his birthright for immediate gratification. He had a pressing need. And he sacrificed the wonderful opportunity to contribute seed to the eternal purposes of God! He could have been the father of the Jewish nation! He could have been a progenitor of the Lord Jesus Christ!
But the Bible says that he “despised his birthright”. He consumed all his resources on himself. He was terminal.
And this is what God says about it: “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”Let’s stop consuming all of our seed. It’s time to invest in God’s larger purposes.