Big Brown was a horse set to win the Triple Crown. He had won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness but failed to win the Belmont. It was 2008 and many thought Big Brown was about to make history. Big Brown’s value, however, was not in the money he won in racing, but in his seed.
Phyllis and I love horses, and followed Big Brown’s story with much interest. I learned about the care given to a horse like Big Brown. He is treated like royalty because in the horse world, he is royalty.
Big Brown’s value reaches far beyond the dollar amount paid for him by his owner. His real value lies within his seed. People pay extreme amounts of money in order to use his seed to breed their mares. They expect his seed to produce champion offspring.
The Seed of God’s Word that has been planted into your heart is more valuable and precious than anything else that you call your own. You see, that Seed WILL produce for you.
One of my favorite passages of scripture is Mark 4. I refer to it as a master key scripture. Jesus is talking about the different types of ground that seed falls upon, and the outcome of each. Then He further explains that …the sower soweth the Word.
Last month Phyllis and I sent our four grandchildren to Camp Dry Gulch in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Besides having a wonderful time, the kids came home talking the Word! There will come a time in their lives when the precious Seed they received at camp will bring forth the harvest they need.
Many years ago I saw the need for planting and watering the Seed of the Word in my own heart. For the last thirty plus years I have experienced harvest on the Word. In times of extreme opposition, the Word has sustained me and put me over. Glory to God!
If you desire to see victory, if you want the Word to work for you when you need it, then you must protect and care for it when it is planted by making the Word your priority. Give it first place in your life. Nurture it by continuing to water it.
My oldest grandson has been riding horses for a while, and it got me to thinking about these things again.
At the ranch where he rides, there is a champion stallion much in demand for breeding purposes. That stallion has the best stall in the barn, he gets fed first, he has the nicest sign on his door, etc. You name it…that stallion gets the best of the best.
In the same way these horse owners provide their stallion the best care in the stables, we should have at least that much respect and honor for the Word being planted into our hearts.
I Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Word of God is incorruptible, and when you plant it into your heart, keep it protected at all costs. Don’t let the distractions of this world pull you away from what really matters. It may be years from now, but when you need it, harvest will come.
Toward the end of May and into June I ministered in Nigeria for the second time this year. It was a glorious time. The people there are so hungry for the Word. I know they were blessed, and I was abundantly blessed being there. I marveled at the way the Holy Ghost moved in those meetings. But it didn’t start there.
It started over thirty years ago when I went to Nigeria on my first mission trip, fresh out of Bible school. Some of that Seed planted in 1982 was harvested this year.
Remember this my friend: everything in life is seedtime and harvest. I encourage you to continue planting the Seed of the Word. There is nothing greater that you can do. Once it has been planted in your heart, protect it at all costs. Harvest will surely come!