No farmer plants maize and prepares for a harvest of tomatoes. You reap what is sown. The rule of seedtime and harvest stands true from inception of the universe to date.
God is an intentional sower, profit-oriented businessman who knows His onions. After making man in His image, he commanded them to be fruitful and to multiply.
As intentional and profit-oriented as God is, He is very patient, paying attention to the appropriate seedtime and relevant soil for planting. Having chosen these properly, He plants a viable seed, through His agents and waters the ground. The result is non-negotiable increase and productivity.
Consider these scriptures:
No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God’s seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God. 1 John 3:9 ISV
For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish – by the living and everlasting word of God. 1 Pet 1:23 ISV.
The above paint a picture of God’s surety in the seed He planted in us as a potent inhibitor of sinfulness, and much more than that – a viable precursor for godliness and holiness.
When the Pharisees challenged Jesus about His disciples not fasting, He responded by telling them the time would come when they would, He couldn’t pour new wine into old wineskins nor will HE plant viable seeds in a parched land. The ground must be ready, and HE wasn’t in any rush. Matt. 9:17
After Jesus ascended and was glorified following His resurrection, the disciples who had then received power by the Holy Ghost’s arrival did great signs and wonders. They no longer struggled, it was no longer a ‘big deal’. It appeared automated. Compare this experience with when Christ sent them out in twos and they also did signs and wonders – they returned amazed and thrilled that demons fled and healings occurred. But the time of wonders after the Holy Ghost empowered them was different – the seed had now been planted!
God plants in us a seed and then requires us to bear fruits. He baptizes us, gives us an earnest of His Spirit and then looks out for fruits (of the Spirit). The Spirit having made home in us becomes evident by means of the gifts.
It is by grace we are saved, freely received grace from God and we are saved unto good works which God created us for. Grace is given, good works are expected.
Christ was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Christ died and arose that we who live might no longer live unto ourselves but for Him who died for us – Holiness.
The seed of righteousness which God plants in us, should and will bear Holiness.
We do not struggle to produce these fruits, God plants, we and Him make sure the ground is good, fertile, ready and appropriate for increase.