On a day in July, a farmer sat on his front porch, smoking a corncob pipe. Along came a stranger who asked, “How’s your cotton coming?” “Ain’t got none,” was the answer. “Didn’t plant any; afraid of the boll weevil.”
“Well, how’s your corn?”
”Didn’t plant none. ‘Fraid o’ drought.”
“How’s about potatoes?”
“Ain’t got none. Scared o’ tater bugs.”
The stranger finally asked, “Well, what did you plant?” “Nothing’,” answered the farmer. “I just played it safe.”
How long do you think the farmer would last if this was a true story? The story sketches the crippling effects of fear, its power to destroy. Fear of stepping outside conformity may be more common in religion than anywhere else. Traditions of our parents represent safety, becoming hard to let go, even when our own survival is at stake.
Sometimes growth comes with the challenges. We have to let go of those rusty, cobweb-filled routines that motivates us into doing nothing. To grow, we must plant. To learn God’s ways, we must cultivate his teachings within our lives; so the seeds of truth have a chance to thrive.
Fear is the work of Satan. Fear stops us from researching the truth, and fear will starve us from God. Faith that God’s hand can and will protect us from every devastating disaster becomes the nutrients for growth. We can’t sit on our porch and watch the world go by slowly while having the wherewithal to survive spiritually. We as God’s children have responsibilities to see God’s word grow, both within us, and those around us.
Christ is our spiritual water; he is the life-giving being. Christ blood is our salvation from sure death; we cannot have growth without Jesus Christ in our lives. Finding fertile ground to grow can sometimes take effort, but in the end, it’s well worth the sacrifices we make. Ensuring our place in Christ kingdom may rely on us planting something in this world besides skepticisms. So let’s stop playing it safe and start growing with God.