We need to grasp and understand the nature, magnitude, potential, and power of a seed. Dr. Myles Monroe says, “A seed, until it is released, is only a promise of a tree. The death of a seed is a burial of a forest.”
It is very important for us to understand that every great tree was once a seed. Therefore, if a seed is not released, it will never give birth to a forest. Unreleased seed is indeed a tragedy. It steals life of its essence and robs the future of its value.
When we face life’s difficulties, it is our natural tendency to focus on our problems—my pain, my sickness, my frustrations, my debts. If we are only focused on ourselves, we will remain where we are. But, really, the way to get what you need is to release what you need.
If you need joy in your life, don’t spend a lot of time in self-pity. Go out and make somebody else happy. God will definitely use that seed to bring happiness into your life.
If you have health problems and you need healing, go help somebody else to get well. Spend time in praying for the healing of that person and do whatever you can do to help him get well.
If you have a lot of problems, take your mind out of yourself and go help others solve their problems. You have to give away what you need!
When you get up from bed, instead of thinking of what blessings you will receive for the day, do everything in your power to be a blessing to someone. Your life will be full of blessings that you won’t be able to contain them.
I discovered that if I help someone meet his needs, then God will meet my needs. However, in the natural, when we are frustrated, we want somebody to cheer us up. If we have problems in our finances, we do not want to bless others, but rather, we want to be blessed. But God is doing the opposite.
When God sees you getting outside of yourself, when He sees you being good to somebody even though you are facing challenges in life, when He sees you cheering up someone even though you have been through failures, when He sees you praying for somebody to get well even if you don’t feel well, then that is the seed God will use to bring a harvest back into your own life.
I remember a story of a man who prayed for a wife. For many years since he started working, he started saving money to prepare him for family life. What was interesting was God did not send him a wife immediately. God send him a need to be met.
One day, while he was attending a church service, the Lord impressed in his heart a burden to be part of the construction of a prayer mountain. He was greatly moved that day and decided to donate the entire amount in his savings bank account to the church for the prayer mountain project. That savings was originally intended for his wedding and family life.
Years later, he amazingly reaped his harvest. He became one of the managers of a manufacturing company, where he was promoted six times in a span of two years. One day, he attended a leadership seminar where his company invited a resource speaker. He never realized that the lady resource speaker was the answer to his prayer. Almost a year after that seminar, they got married.
I really believe that this man’s willingness to give to the church’s need was one of the seeds God used to cause their path to cross. They are now happily married for more than 20 years with four children. For many years, God blessed him with one promotion after another. Today, together with his wife, God entrusted them a company whose main mission is to unleash the highest potential in people for the glory of God.
When that man prayed for a wife, God gave him a burden to help the church. In the same way, when we pray to God, He seems to respond differently. His ways are not our ways. It is in fact higher than ours. But amazing things happen when we respond and obey to His promptings.
I praise God that I’m married to that man who sowed a seed and reaped a great harvest. Our family is so blessed because of the seed he sowed many years ago. To God be the glory! He continually encouraged me and our children to apply in our lives what is written in Galatians 6:9. It says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
When you reach out and give your time, energy, and resources; you pray for people; you encourage; you share your finances; then that seed that holds your answer is being watered. Psalm 37:3 says, “Trust in the Lord and do good.” The key is that it is not enough to just trust in the Lord. It is not enough to just pray or just believe. Those are important, but you need to move and step up higher. Sow a seed to someone!
If you are lonely, don’t just pray for God to send somebody in your life. Go and ease the loneliness of others. That is the same seed that God will use to bring a harvest in your own life. If you lost your job, it is not enough to pray for God to give you job. While you are waiting for the door of opportunities to open up, go help a friend be promoted or go find a job for someone.
The Scriptures says in Galatians 6:10, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people.” Sometimes, we pray for God to answer our prayer. But many times, God will not send the answer that we are asking for. He will send a need, and in that need is a seed that holds the answer.
Proverbs says when you refresh others, God will refresh you. Be seed-minded than need-minded. Sow a seed in times of need!
Next week, discover the seed of greatness God has placed in you to unleash!
Avelynn Regalado-Garcia is currently the Executive Vice President of Unleash International Corporation, a high-tech, high-touch, high-impact training company whose main mission is to unleash the highest potential in people towards success, happiness, and significance. For more than 20 years now, she passionately conducts seminars and workshops in top local and multinational companies, schools, organizations in the country and abroad.