Christ's Object Lessons
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 6: Other Lessons from Seed-Sowing
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The work of parents and teachers is here suggested.
They should aim so to cultivate the tendencies of the youth
that at each stage of their life they may represent the natural
beauty appropriate to that period, unfolding naturally, as do
the plants in the garden.
Those children are most attractive who are natural,
unaffected. It is not wise to give them special notice, and
repeat their clever sayings before them. Vanity should
not be encouraged by praising their looks, their words, or
their actions. Nor should they be dressed in an expensive
or showy manner. This encourages pride in them, and
awakens envy in the hearts of their companions.
The little ones should be educated in childlike simplicity. [p. 84] They should be trained to be content with the small, helpful
duties and the pleasures and experiences natural to their
years. Childhood answers to the blade in the parable, and
the blade has a beauty peculiarly its own. The children
should not be forced into a precocious maturity but should
retain as long as possible the freshness and grace of their
The little children may be Christians, having an experience
in accordance with their years. This is all that God
expects of them. They need to be educated in spiritual
things; and parents should give them every advantage that
they may form characters after the similitude of the
character of Christ.
In the laws of God in nature, effect follows cause with
unerring certainty. The reaping will testify as to what the
sowing has been. The slothful worker is condemned by
his work. The harvest bears witness against him. So in
spiritual things: the faithfulness of every worker is measured
by the results of his work. The character of his work,
whether diligent or slothful, is revealed by the harvest. It
is thus that his destiny for eternity is decided.
Every seed sown produces a harvest of its kind. So it
is in human life. We all need to sow the seeds of
compassion, sympathy, and love; for we shall reap what we sow.
Every characteristic of selfishness, self-love, self-esteem,
every act of self-indulgence, will bring forth a like harvest.
He who lives for self is sowing to the flesh, and of the
flesh he will reap corruption.
God destroys no man. Everyone who is destroyed
will have destroyed himself. Everyone who stifles the
admonitions of conscience is sowing the seeds of unbelief,
and these will produce a sure harvest. By rejecting [p. 85] the first warning from God, Pharaoh of old sowed the seeds
of obstinacy, and he reaped obstinacy. God did not compel
him to disbelieve. The seed of unbelief which he sowed
produced a harvest of its kind. Thus his resistance
continued, until he looked upon his devastated land, upon the
cold, dead form of his first-born, and the first-born of all in
his house and of all the families in his kingdom, until the
waters of the sea closed over his horses and his chariots
and his men of war. His history is a fearful illustration of
the truth of the words that "whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he also reap." Gal. 6:7. Did men but realize this, they
would be careful what seed they sow.
As the seed sown produces a harvest, and this in
turn is sown, the harvest is multiplied. In our relation
to others, this law holds true. Every act, every word, is
a seed that will bear fruit. Every deed of thoughtful
kindness, of obedience, or of self-denial, will reproduce
itself in others, and through them in still others. So
every act of envy, malice, or dissension is a seed that
will spring up in a "root of bitterness" (Heb. 12:15),
whereby many shall be defiled. And how much larger
number will the "many" poison. Thus the sowing of good
and evil goes on for time and for eternity.
Liberality both in spiritual and in temporal things is
taught in the lesson of seed sowing. The Lord says,
"Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters." Isa. 32:20.
"This I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also
sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also
bountifully." 2 Cor. 9:6. To sow beside all waters means
a continual imparting of God's gifts. It means giving
wherever the cause of God or the needs of humanity [p. 86] demand our aid. This will not tend to poverty. "He which
soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." The sower
multiplies his seed by casting it away. So it is with those
who are faithful in distributing God's gifts. By imparting
they increase their blessings. God has promised them a
sufficiency that they may continue to give. "Give, and it
shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into
your bosom." Luke 6:38.
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