It was a bad batch of seeds. No matter what I did, proper soil, fertilizer, water-it would not grow and flourish. I needed to start over. This time, I purchased a new batch from a reputable garden store, instead of an online discount distributor. Within a few weeks, my new plants were thriving. Lesson learned. When one needs to start over, whether it is gardening or a business project, it is critical to start with good material or people. The Bible dramatically illustrates this with our sinful nature. Ever since sin entered mankind through the willful disobedience of Adam and Eve, evil and wickedness have flourished. God made the decision to wipe the earth of all mankind, except for Noah and his family.
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with wickedness. God saw how corrupt the earth was, for every creature had corrupted its way on the earth. Then God said to Noah, “I have decided to put an end to every creature, for the earth is filled with wickedness because of them; therefore I am going to destroy them along with the earth.”
Genesis 6:11-13 (CSB)
After the flood abated, mankind had an opportunity to start over. From Noah, his sons and their wives, the earth would be repopulated. God selected a faithful man and his family. It was a restart but would it work?
Noah’s sons who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Ham was the father of Canaan. These three were Noah’s sons, and from them the whole earth was populated.
Genesis 9:18-19 (CSB)
Unfortunately, just a short time after Noah and his family left the ark, the ugly cycle of sin restarted. As faithful as Noah and his family were, they were still sinners. Man could not escape his sinful nature. What hope was there for mankind? If even a worldwide flood could not correct the plaque of sin, was it too late to begin again and be good seeds or, like bad seeds, are we doomed to multiply and propagate our sins?
…The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one,
Matthew 13:37-38 (CSB)
We are not doomed to be bad seeds. We can try to live a good life, do good deeds, and help others. But like the bad seeds I planted, nothing I can do will make a difference. By our own efforts, we will never change our nature. To rid ourselves of our sin needs a supernatural intervention. God has done this by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to give us a new life as good seeds of His Kingdom. Through faith and belief in Jesus, we can break the plague of sin and abide in Him. Once we do, Jesus will transform our very nature, conforming us to be a fellow child of God and inheriting eternal life and salvation.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.