I just recently attended a Messianic Youth Camp in Anadarko, Oklahoma called Camp Yeshua in the summer of 2017. I was a part of the staff, but I also got to participate in all the activities. 😉 The theme this year was “multiply”. Each day we talked about a different topic that related back to the subject, multiply. A lot stuck out to me this past week as we dug into the Scriptures and studied what it means to multiply, which can be done in so many different ways!
A couple of the topics in our studies were “planting seeds” and “bearing good fruit”. When we plant a seed, it needs water, soil and nutrients, and sunlight to be able to grow. Once it grows, it may produce sweet fruit or aromatic flowers. It all depends on if you take care of it the proper way. Spiritually speaking, the seeds represent the talents, gifts, and calling that God has placed on your life. He has sown those seeds into you since the day you were born. It is up to us as we got older to choose how we will allow those seeds to grow, if at all. Will we water those seeds of talent with His Word and allow His light to penetrate to make us grow stronger? Will we prune out the “weeds” (trials and hardships) that sporadically come up to keep us growing strong and healthy? What do you do with your talents and do you use them for your own glory?
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise wins souls.” CJB We are righteous in God’s eyes if we are attentive to bear fruit for His name’s sake. He did not give us talent to show off and put us in the spotlight. Absolutely not! Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in our flesh and what “feels good”, especially when someone comments on your abilities. However, we need to bring ourselves to a point of humility and recognize that all these gifts and talents were given from the Creator and were given for us to sow back into His people for His glory. He deserves ALL the praise, honor, and glory. So if we have the capability to show that to Him, then let’s do our best to give back to His Kingdom what He first gave us! 1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise, you who are less experienced, submit to leaders. Further, all of you should clothe yourselves in humility toward one another, because God opposes the arrogant, but to the humble He gives grace. Therefore, humble yourselves under the almighty hand of God, so that at the right time He may lift you up. Throw all your anxieties upon Him, because He cares about you.” CJB
When we give back into God’s Kingdom by sowing into other people, so much can happen by obtaining humility and obedience. Walls become crushed, chains get broken, and lives change! Even something as simple as holding the door open for someone can cause a chain reaction which can make a difference. When you make a positive difference throughout the day, you are multiplying what God gave you. When one seed is dropped from a sunflower, the next one grows, which then drops more seeds, to then create a whole field of sunflowers. They multiply and grow strong, needing that bright sunshine (the Father’s light) to stay alive.
If you want to make a positive difference in this world and use those talents for God’s glory, then sow those seeds that He gave you into other people! Don’t think that you need an extraordinary gift or talent to be able to make a difference. We are ALL called to spread the Good News of God’s Kingdom. Don’t hesitate to take the step of freedom that could change someone’s life. We are the light on a hill that cannot be hidden! (Matt. 5:14)