Sow and Cultivate

"But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peace-loving, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruits, without favoritism and hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace." James 3:17-18 HCSB.

My dad always had a beautiful garden. He grew a variety of flowers and also had a large vegetable garden. Until the day he passed away, he sowed seeds, grew veggies, pulled unwanted weeds, and cultivated the plants that brought joy and satisfaction to our family.  Dad enjoyed giving advice and comparing results with others interested in gardening.  A lot of satisfaction came his way when he was able to share the fruits of his labor with others.  My dad went to be with the Lord many years ago, but the wonderful memories of his gardening lingers today.

A new growing season is now upon us, yet the Scripture’s use of sowing and cultivating righteousness applies to every season in our workplace.  When we apply wisdom from above it results in great relationships in the work place.  James is the most practical writer in Scripture and the verses above provide a means for evaluating not only current relationships, but also how we minister to others around us.  If it has the characteristics above then it is like a beautiful peaceful garden.  James goes one step further than the beauty of it all and mentions the results.  My dad's garden would not be the memory it is today had I watched him put forth effort without seeing results.  It is similar to us pulling up our sleeves and entering the workplace everyday knowing that if we reach out to others for God’s glory then He will use it to bring about something beautiful that brings joy and satisfaction to the beholder.  Today is a great day to step back and look at ways you relate to your co-workers and how you minister to them.  Does it look pure?  Is it peace-loving and gentle?  Is it compliant (to Scripture) and full of mercy and good fruits?  Is it void of favoritism and hypocrisy?  When we sow seeds of good deeds or righteousness then peace is inevitable.  True peace only comes to those who know and seek to walk with the Lord through this life.  James reminds us that our actions toward others are vital in getting them to Jesus.  God is always working in and through us for a beautiful result with eternal benefits.

Our workplace challenge is to evaluate our outreach and ministry to others. Cultivate peace by sowing the seeds of righteousness knowing that God's peace will come to others for His glory.