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God’s Plan to Expand Your Life

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I’ve never grown a (successful) vegetable garden, but I do have a green thumb with annual flowers. When the season is right, I head to the garden store and buy a little pouch of seeds.

With eagerness and a bit of spring fever, I ignore the instructions and plant more seeds than needed. By midsummer, my poor little flowers fight for space. Imagine their conversation. Move over; you’re stepping on my roots!

Those little seeds were enough to make my spring planting fruitful.

Similarly, spiritual seeds have the same fruitful potential, so make room for expansion.

 

A Fruitful Life

First, we need to be on the same page about fruitful living. What comes to mind? Well, if you’re hungry, you might think of your favorite fruit tree overflowing with succulent fruit. If you’re a business owner, you might think of financial success.

My first thoughts were disconcerting. Do you mean more babies, Lord? My fruit basket was full. The responsibilities that came with two babies (adorable as they were) kept my domestic nest small.

I was relieved to discover that children were not the only sign of fruitfulness. After all, that wouldn’t be fair to single people or childless couples. God is fair and just. He wants everyone to live a fruitful life, and it starts with seeds.

 

Your Gifted Seeds

God gave us seeds. These seeds produce abundant vegetation, wildlife, civilization, prosperity, and spiritual growth.

Daily challenges, however, can limit our view of expansion—especially when fear looms over us. We begin to limit our thinking. Limited thinking contradicts growth, but more importantly, it hinders divine possibilities that God can bring to fruition.

I’ve listed a few scriptures about your gifted seeds that reveal a pattern—God’s pattern for expansion so you and I can live a fruitful life.

 

Seeds for Fruitfulness

1. Seed of Righteousness

Jesus is the promised seed of humanity. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, you accept the complete divine package–a package that we continue to unpack. It’s filled with promises and possibilities. We are free to begin a new life.

Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.

Galatians 3: 16 New American Standard Bible

2. Seed of God’s Word

The Bible contains God’s living Word, and it’s compared to a seed. In Isaiah 15:11, scripture reminds us that this seed has the power to grow and return with fruitfulness.

…the seed is the word of God.

Luke 8:11 NASB

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 55:11 NASA

3. Seed for Spiritual Growth

God’s Word, this active seed, plants truth in our hearts and begins to germinate by the power of the Holy Spirit. Expansion continues. We experience a renewed mind and increased faith. The Spirit within us begins to produce fruit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 NASB

4. Seed for Ministry

As the Fruit of the Holy Spirit matures in our hearts the spiritual transformation manifests into ministry. God’s love for people spills into our hearts, and we begin to collaborate with Christ in good works. It may look different for each of us, but the result is the same—we will bear fruit.

And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.

Matthew 13:23 NASB

5. Seed for God’s Kingdom

Your Bible study group, a mentoring program, or evening prayer with your children builds the Kingdom of God. God takes those unnoticed moments of obedience, and like seeds, He blesses them so they can bear fruit.

And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil…”

Mark 4:26 NASB

6. Seed of Faith

Our faith, no matter how small, can be fruitful.

…if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.

Matthew 17:20 NASB

7. Seed that Builds Community

We are the Body of Christ. We enjoy fellowship and encouragement from one another. Together our fruitfulness multiplies God’s Kingdom.

May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.

Genesis 28: 3 NASB

 

God’s Plan to Expand Your Life

God created us to flourish and thrive. Are you ready for expansion? If you struggle with limited thoughts, fearful thoughts, I hope you’ll begin to dream, again. Embrace new beginnings. All things are possible in Christ, and as we collaborate with Him, He will make us fruitful?

 

Look Ahead

What limited thinking is sabotaging God’s best for you? Seek the Lord, and allow your seed of faith to grow and bear fruit.

Blessings

Maria Shadrick

 

 

Resources

New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), 2 Co 9:10–11.

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