Authors are Sowers, and Readers are Reapers
Looking for good ground
I would like to commence with giving all praises and thanks to the Godhead in the fullness. Thanks and praises to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit and thanks to all of you as well. I am appreciative of each and every member of the Body of Christ, and to all readers, distance can never set the precedence for our oneness or the bonds in the spirit we have.
There are innumerable members of the Body of Christ, that I will probably never have the opportunity to meet, nor greet one on one in this life, and I must accept that, but I will never loose sight of the fact that we are one Body in Christ Jesus, helpers one of another. Do you realize that distance can’t sever that reality? Intercessory prayer for each other brings us closer and closer together spiritually. In this writing, I would like to focus on our relationships with God and each other and how our relationships with Him spills over into all others, which brings me to the pivotal point of books, blogs and hubs being more about the needs, focus, and relationships between readers and authors/writers as well.
What is Your Point?
Authors are non-verbal speakers and readers are non-verbal hearers and listeners
The point is, without readers, there really is no point to writing. It is a rehearsal within the author's heart, like a great orator, lecturer and speaker, without a listener. The speaker and the author both need the listeners.
The imperative which I have learned, is that the same inspiration that inspires an author to write, is needed for a reader to read. This imperative and inspiration is the Holy Spirit! Until He quickens the heart to take note of the words of authors, which only He could have possibly inspired, the chances of the reader taking note of them are really slim.
The thing that I am learning is every thing the Holy Spirit inspires in and through others is always note-worthy or worth quieting down to hear. Our world is moving rapidly and time is a luxury, if you have time to read a good book besides the Bible, you are probably utilizing time management strategies which are working ideally for you. It is called redeeming the time you have.
Authors/Writers are inspired to write and readers are inspired to read, that speaks of necessary interaction. Relationships are being experienced on many diverse levels and are a way of literary life. Carefully and hopefully, I pray that you the reader will be able to glean truth as it strikes the chords in your heart and that you are completely encouraged to work out your own salvation to the glory of God.
The Author is a sower and words are their seeds
What a connection
There is a relationship between authors and readers that is really phenomenal, the embrace between the two is likened to hugging. Best seller authors must experience such fulfillment to write something so powerful for the reader, that they sit still and listen for the duration of the book. Readers exemplify a discipline that contributes to reaping what an author sows. This interaction can't be minimized. Readers are good listeners.
The derivation for sharing and completing this writing came into fruition by a call for author submissions for the 2013 Women of Faith Writing Contest. It was with prayerful expectation that I desired to enter and sow these seeds and that God would reap all the glory. I was delighted just to be available and an instrument that He could use. There is a lot of good information in the contents, as well as in my heart. I needed an opportunity and outlet to sow what has be inspired and revealed in my spirit and share it with you, writing is that outlet. My submission was not chosen, but I am still encouraged to keep on writing.
Writing helps me to learn more about who I believe and perceive myself to be in Christ Jesus. I am learning more about me, how I think, and feel, as well as whom God says I am and all that He says I can do through His Word. The intent and motive of my heart is to sow into the lives of readers what has been inspired in my heart to share. The sharing is the equivalent of sowing and scattering seed where it can fall onto good ground with the deliberate purpose of that seed producing fruit in all who read its contents.
The law of reciprocity is the law of exchange and what is inculcates is that if you sow you shall reap. There is a law, which governs both, sowing and reaping, and it is the law of exchange or better known as mutuality. This is not just a probability, but it is a possibility as well, much like the law that governs when we give, we will receive. The law of exchange is however, reciprocal and there are benefits involved. I am reminded of Psalm 103:2 in which we are inspired by the psalmist to: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. We are to bless the Lord with our souls and forget not all his benefits. The godly principles we use from the scriptures govern our lives; and in observing them we must remember the benefits God offers us in all of them. The psalmist instructs to forget not all his benefits. The law of reciprocity is in motion here; we bless the Lord but should remember all that He has done, is doing, and shall do for us as a result of believing.
What is your heart type?
I was led during the process of preparation of this work to examine the parable of the sower, and I was amazed and astounded by what was revealed through it. Questions rose up in my spirit such as “What is the intention or aim of a sower?" The answer that was dropped in my spirit, was to scatter seed where it can fall into good ground with the intentional purpose of the seed producing fruit, or in this case faith too.
The expectancy is to enhance the faith in readers by making this writing possible. It would not be an intentional directive to scatter seed where it can’t possibly grow, but rather to sow it where it can yield fruit and faith, some one hundredfold, some sixty fold and some thirty fold. In any of these case scenarios I believe the information in this writing is capable of producing much fruit in and through all who read it, and add to their faith, as it has for me.
Sowing as in a flowerpot, where there are limitations of the dispersing and scattering of seeds denote boundaries, whereas in that situation there may not be enough room provided for the seeds to be scattered as it would be on a larger scale and that seed springing up in all the ways possible. The seeds can be scattered in a bigger sphere and anywhere within or outside the radius of where you are positioned. I am standing in an area of earth with the intent and purpose of sowing seed and to water any seeds which have already be planted prior to this undertaking, however, only God can give the increase and He is the reaper. There are seeds which have been sown in all of our lives already, which need nurturing, nourishment and watering that only the Body of Christ can supply, one to another.
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. For the perfecting of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:11-13 KJV).
The gifts mentioned in verse 4:11 are what we call the fivefold ministry gifts and their functions are directed towards perfecting the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edification and encouragement of the Body of Christ. The Body of Christ is what I consider good ground to sow into and I know that the harvest will yield fruit wherever the seeds land therein.
Books are seeds, authors sow
Sowing is an intentional directive
My intentional approach in sharing this writing is to scatter seed and sow that seed into good ground, because I realize that in order to be effective in sowing, the condition of heart or soul where the seed lands is imperative and that when the seed yields it fruit and I am confident that it shall, exponential growth will prevail.
Matthew 13:3b Behold a sower went forth to sow. It is an unintentional directive to scatter seed where it can’t possibly grow, but it is an intentional directive to scatter seed where it can grow, because you know the soil is being plowed and healthy enough to grant the reaper (God) the best that can be produced. To sow without intention or expectation in the seed sown is the intended purpose of not producing a harvest to reap.
The harvest is plenteous and the magnitude of what the reaper will reap depends on the laborers not being few. It is probable that books are written and published every second of the day. I am an author (laborer) and the laborers are not few in this arena and every author has something special they desire to pass along through writing. The success of an author depends largely upon readers. Success is not determined by book sales and best seller lists, but it is determined by sowing what is just as powerful as the seed that produces a harvest; needed insights and revelations that help us to rightly divide the Word of truth and strengthen, edify and encourage us to stand.
Sowing is sharing with you, and I realize that only the spirit in you can ultimately decide what the condition of your heart is and what spiritual weathering it requires. Only the Holy Spirit through us can diagnose what ointment we need and whether our heart is a wayside, stony or thorny place. Or if it is that good ground, any good seed can take root and bring forth new growth. I pray your spirit is good healthy ground and that it is a fruitful field.
Matthew 13:4 And when he sowed some seed fell by the wayside and the fowls came and devoured them. The thing about the seed falling by the wayside is that it wasn’t good ground and the results of this attempt to sow ended in merely feeding the birds. My motive is not to feed the birds, but to scatter the seed where it can take root and yield much fruit, the fruits of the spirit found in:
(Galatians 5:22-23,25) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit".
There are boundaries and lines of separation, we must establish to comply with the lawful aspects of sowing and when we draw these lines and observe and obey them the harvest is inevitable. Sowing has to be done within a sphere or area that has the potential to yield or the process will be unfruitful, as seen in the sowing of seed in Matthew 13. This principle is one that is applicable for life on every realm.
(Matthew 13:4-8) The sower went forth to sow and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside (the fowls came and devoured the seed), some fell upon stony places, (where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched: and because they had not root, they withered away) and some fell among thorns; (and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:) in these three case scenarios the sower yielded no fruit. The fivefold ministry gifts sow seeds as principles and precepts of the Word of God and they are producing manifold harvests within the Body of Christ. The condition of our hearts and souls (all of us in the Body of Christ) is the major factor as to whether they will be successful.
Are we receptive, is our heart in the right place and are we teachable? The Holy Spirit is the teacher and voice through them and me. I am learning to appreciate the Spirit of God in and through each and every believer and to be receptive to the truth He imparts without respect of persons and to also beware of judging, condemning, and speaking against any member, for the sole purpose of not desiring to speak against the blood Jesus shed for them. This attitude moves me into prayer and is what I regard as a call to pray, I would much rather pray for a brother and sister than to talk about them.
Is the light penetrating?
The condition of the heart really does matter
Unless I am willing to be part of the solution, I would be part of the problem. Prayer is the solution, even when the requests or thoughts we may have are all problematic. Prayer is a viable call by the Spirit to all who are called by His name; the invitation to prayer is not just for any particular group, it is for all, again I say your prayer does count! You are valuable to the kingdom of God.
Jesus explains this parable further on in Matthew 13 and explains that the condition of the heart really does matter because it determines how we hear. He began by telling the story of the sower by saying, Behold; a sower went forth to sow. By verse nine, He is saying, who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Verse 18 He said, Hear ye the parable of the sower. He then describes the result of each situation. All of these situations have to do with how we hear. In this relationship of author and reader, the reader is the hearer; reading in the spiritual sense is a way of hearing. There are questions we must ask ourselves, the first being, do I understand the Word? If I don’t understand it, the wicked one will come and snatch it.
Do I have roots within me for the Word to prosper? If I don’t, for a while I will endure, but when tribulation or persecution and trouble arise because of the word by and by we can become offended. Thirdly, will I allow the cares of this world and deceitfulness of riches to choke the word, so that it becomes unfruitful? Verse 23, But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it, which also bears fruit and brings forth some an hundredfold, sixtyfold, and thirtyfold. Only the Holy Spirit can plow the heart and soul for the seed to be received and fruitful. Our part is to hear, understand and allow it to prosper and succeed in our lives. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
I am interceding as I conclude this preface and asking the Holy Spirit to communicate the contents of this book and to prepare every heart and soul to receive it and that it provides all that they can process in order that their lives will be blessed in and through my attempt to sow seeds in what I believe and know is good ground and the seeds being sown to be good as well. May God richly bless you through this endeavor. God is love and love never fails. I love you, Ecclesia! (The called out one – The Body of Christ.)
Jesus is Lord!
Mabel Elizabeth Henry