The Seed of Life and Seed of Death [Part 2]
By — August 11, 2017
Are you ready for some good news?
Every thought is a like a seed. When it’s God’s kind of thought, it’s a seed of life!
Today’s Text: “His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.” (Genesis 37:8, ESV)
Joseph’s brothers assumed the worst about him. When Joseph shared his dream of the brothers’ sheaves bowing to his, the brothers assumed that Joseph wanted to lord over them. As the amazing drama unveils over time, we realize that Joseph never wanted to control his brothers; he loved them and ultimately saved them.
The problem for the brothers wasn’t Joseph’s coat, or his dream, or even his father’s favoritism. The problem for the brothers was the seed of offense that they invited into the soil of their hearts.
The writer of Hebrews implores us: “See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled….” (Hebrews 12:15, ESV)
Jesus said it plainly, “Judge not that you be not judged.” (Matt. 7:1)
Every thought, every word, is like a seed. Seeds are small; they seem insignificant. But a small acorn grows into a huge oak tree. The tiny mustard seed, Jesus said, is able to grow quite a bushy tree. It doesn’t matter how small something starts. If given soil and time, the seed will become something huge.
There are only two kinds of spiritual seeds – seeds of life and seeds of death. When our thoughts are just seeds, they don’t seem such a big deal. But, let them grow, and they will bring life or death. Judgmental thoughts are seeds of death.
When Joseph’s brothers assumed the worst about Joseph, they took offense in their hearts. They meditated upon the offense. They murmured with each other. They cut off communication with the younger brother. They conspired. They wanted to kill him.
Joseph, on the hand, took no offense. The one who was so violated let no root of bitterness spring up in his heart. When, years later, the opportunity arose to punish his cruel brothers, Joseph saved them instead.
Aren’t you glad that Jesus took no offense and gave no root to bitterness? Had He not, we would be lost forever. Every thought, every word from the Savior brought life. And that’s the Gospel!