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  • Writer's picture~Kimberly Oden

Don’t Plant Seeds You Didn’t Intend to Grow

The other day a phrase surfaced in conversation with my friend that became fodder for our parenting class. It was this:

“Don’t plant seeds you didn’t intend to grow.”

It had to do with words…If we really ponder the implication of every word we speak, we might not be so quick to do so!

The application is far wider than parenting, however, because ANY word we speak has the power to produce life or death.

Today I read how Jesus corrects the Pharisees with a side door approach. He tells how a vineyard owner subleases his land to tenant farmers, but when he sends his servants to collect his portion of the crops, they are killed.

Then he sends his son, thinking surely they will respect my son, but they greedily kill him too thinking they will own the estate for themselves.

He asks what should be done to the evil tenants & the Pharisees reply, “Put them to death & give the land to others,” not realizing they were speaking of themselves!

Jesus came for the Jewish people, but many rejected Him so He declares, “the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you & given to a nation that will produce proper fruit.”

I’m not sure if it’s the alliteration that caught my attention, but I love that phrase, “produce proper fruit”.

Our words will always produce fruit-whether it’s “proper” or not is up to us 😬

👉🏽When I speak condemnation, the fruit of shame sprouts

👉🏽When I speak with anger, the fruit of division follows

👉🏽When I speak impatience, chaos creeps in

But when we allow seeds from the fruit of the Spirit to become the only seeds we plant, the proper harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness & self control will be produced!

Father, thank You for the visual that we are tenant farmers this side of heaven. We want to produce a proper harvest that makes You proud. Guard us from the pull of pride that woos us to believe that all these good things in life are for our own benefit.

When tempted to react in anger, help us respond in love. When we hastily shove seeds of division, help us pluck them back up before they have a chance to sprout. May our words become Your Word so the fruit we produce be proper & make an eternally good impact!

EXODUS 13:17-15:18

MATTHEW 21:23-46

PSALM 26:1-12

PROVERBS 6:16-19

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