In Genesis chapter 1, we see that God commands us to increase, multiply and replenish the earth. But that doesn’t happen in absentia. A man during copulation with his wife releases millions of sperm cells to fertilize the ovum(ova) of the woman. In the end, only one of these sperm cells succeeds in accomplishing the task of fertilization. And the rest? They’re no longer necessary and are reabsorbed by the woman’s body if they haven’t died off already.
There are mechanisms in the body of the woman that make it impossible for these millions of sperm cells from the man to perform the act of fertilization on one egg cell.
What I simply want to deduce from this illustration is this: because of the importance of fertilizing an egg cell (or some egg cells), God allows that millions of sperm cells go. This means that to realise the promise of increase and multiplication of the human race, millions of sperm cells are practically sacrificed.
In John 12:24 Jesus used a natural phenomenon to pass several important messages. He talked about the multiplication that occurs only after corn of wheat has fallen to the ground and died. Through that illustration, he passed messages of his death and resurrection, death to self as Christ’s disciple, sacrifice, humility etc.
But taking that illustration literally, we see that if a farmer desires to have a good harvest, he must be willing to risk his seeds going into the ground, dieing, and hopefully sprouting and bearing multiples of the initially seeds he planted. If he is afraid or decides to hoard his seeds, he’ll remain with them, and when they’re finished (because he will eat), the farmer will go hungry with his family.
Don’t eat your seed, plant it.Cabiojinia
If you observe the weather, you will neither sow nor reap says Solomon in Ecclesiastes 11:4. Some people for fear of losing their precious seeds to the winds/rains will prefer to keep them expecting clement weather.
Newsflash: if you’re always expecting the weather to be good before planting, it may never happen. There will always be a reason why you shouldn’t do what you need to do. You’ll eventually end up eating your seeds and dying of hunger afterwards.
So, take risks in investing in yourself; do that thing you know you should do; change your environment, your business model, your friends; go to that office, knock at that door, write that business proposal, send that mail, pay for that conference, buy that book… just sow that seed. It might not succeed but you’d have learnt a useful lesson for the next steps you’ll take.
All we have to fear is fear itself.Franklin Roosevelt
Action cures fear. Be scared and still do it anyway. When the righteous falls seven times, he will get up. – Proverbs 24:16.
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