As a teenager, sitting on a tractor day in and day out, I learned to appreciate the difficulty of a planted seed maturing to harvested fruit. There were many challenges in the maturation process—from weather, to weeds, to me! (Once I drove off the path, pulling up the plants rather than the weeds).
As not all seeds in the field mature, not all seeds that are “planted” in people’s hearts develop to full maturity. Jesus tells us that the evidence of the maturing seed can always be seen in the fruit. Speaking of true believers, Jesus says,
By their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7:16 (NIV)
I realize that I need to submit my spiritual seed to the cultivating and weeding of the Master Farmer. Will you join me in the field this week?