Check Yourself: Sow Your Seed
“The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd. By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see.”
-Hebrews 11:1-3 (MSG)
On March 24, 2019, the Holy Spirit led me to sow a seed of $111 after listening to a powerful sermon at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ church, The Potter’s House of Dallas, entitled “Out of Pocket Cost” by Pastor Keion Henderson from The Lighthouse Church of Houston. I didn’t know exactly why God was telling me to sow a seed at the time. I just knew that His nudge was real and my obedience wasn’t up for debate.
As the months grew older and life’s instructions unraveled, I continued to replay the sermon repeatedly in an effort to figure out why God wanted me to sow a seed of $111. I listened intently while driving in the car…while cleaning my house…while cooking dinner…in search of what God wanted me to hear and each month He gifted me with a new revelation that drew me closer to His will for my life.
But on August 28, 2019, I randomly felt the urge to look through an old book and prayer journal of mine, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, and received my biggest revelation yet. I opened the companion prayer journal to the second page, and it read:
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“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ…he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
EPHESIANS 1:11 MSG
At the time, I purchased the book for $14.99 (US) and the prayer journal for $9.99 (US).
My first prayer journal entry was April 30, 2007 and the first sentence read: “Recently, I have discovered that something is missing.”
My last prayer journal entry was July 31, 2007 and the first sentence read: “As this particular journey or experience of reading this book comes to an end, I feel like this is just the beginning of many great blessings to come.”
There are moments while walking the faith journey that you need to check yourself or better yet, God needs to check you!
As I sifted through the pages and internalized my thoughts from that time, God checked me. Only two months after my last journal entry, I met my future husband and declared that I would become an educator! It was about faith then, and it’s about faith now.
He reminded me through the pages of my 2007 journey that my seed of $111 this year wasn’t just about my present sacrifice. March 24, 2019 was a sacrificial investment into my purpose…EPHESIANS 1:11. It was about believing in His will for my life! God has my best interest at heart! He wants me to win because I am His child! That young lady in 2007 had no idea that life would take her this far and I’m writing to myself today to say once again, “I feel like this is just the beginning of many great blessings to come.”
Although there are times when I need to remind myself of myself, God also makes it clear to remind me that He is the Great I Am.
If you’re reading this, I want you to take courage in pressing forward and being obedient to His will. The crushing can often leave you feeling so broken and empty, but He is trying to push you to the next dimension. This is not the end….sow into your purpose!
Question: What sacrificial investment are you willing to make in His will for your life?