Do You feel a Bulls-Eye on Your Back?
Do you ever find yourself wanting the fruit without ever planting the seed?
Do you ever find yourself wanting (or rushing) the harvest without allowing time (Him) to do the work in us so that it can come through us?
It’s no wonder Jesus used so many parables around seeds, planting, and harvesting. It’s because it’s what they knew. It’s how some earned their living and how they got their food. (Don’t you love how He speaks to us according to how we will understand Him, be in communion, and conversation with Him?)
They would have to plant a seed in the ground and time would have to pass for them to experience a harvest. When a seed gets planted it doesn’t mean the work stops. That seed still needs to be tended to, checked in on, and watered to keep the growing process happening.
After a while you may begin to see some of the fruit of your labors. Something beginning to pop out of the ground. Even when you see a little fruits of your labors, don’t you still have to continue to water and take care of it?
It isn’t just a seed and then a harvest. There is that time in the middle when you must believe everything you are doing will produce the harvest you are anticipating. You must put in the work even when you see nothing or a little something. (Let’s also remember that at harvest you may reap the reward but even at harvest there is still work to be done.)
You may not be a farmer or someone who owns a garden but all of us are sowers and reapers. Every thought and action is a seed being sown into the world or the Kingdom. A seed only produces after its own kind. When you sow into the Kingdom to the people around you or your body for example, you become an enemy to the forces of darkness. You become a target for the enemy to take down. When you advance the Kingdom the enemy will do everything he can with the thoughts you think, the people around you, and your own insecurities to convince you that you aren’t worthy of what He has called you to and that your body is no good.
Mark 4:15 reminds us, “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.”
When you sow good seeds the enemy wants to take it away from you and from others. He’s not after you. He’s after the word inside of you. (Our heart posture matters. It’s the foundation and fertilizer for the seed that is sown to grow.)
Which leads us to 2 Timothy 4:18, “And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”
He will deliver you from the evil work because He is with you and in you.
It’s easy to think that this battle is won only if we win according to the world’s definition of winning. Let’s not forget that He gave us power and authority over the enemy. (It’s not about the things of this world.) That bullseye on our back isn’t to lead us into fear of what could happen. It’s a reminder that standing up for the Truth causes the enemy to fear and remember what you are truly capable of doing with the Holy Spirit inside of you.
He’s a Father of good endings.
If it’s not good, it’s not the end. If it’s not the end then it’s time to continue to water the good seeds you have sown in faith and of good news.
The bullseye on our backs will never leave us as long as we live on this earth with the word inside of us. But, the one who with us, gets to be at the center of it all.
Pray this with me:
Father, thank you for loving me the way that you do. I am available to do your work. Let the power in me, flow through me as I continue to speak life and bring good news. Show me the areas of my heart when I have made it about me or how my body looks. Show me the areas where I didn’t allow the seeds to harvest and doubt filled my heart. I’m listening. In Jesus name, amen!
Jessica Hottle - CTC Influencer
Jessica likes to call herself a fitness motivator, Jesus prescriber. She's not about rules, restrictions, or religious duties. She is about God first, freedom living, authenticity, and integrity. She uses her story + life experiences to help women overcome their past by owning their worth in Christ.
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