Are God's Field
By F. F. Bosworth
Every moral being on earth has been “bought with a price” to be the
Lord’s field in which His “imperishable seed” is to grow and be cultivated
and produce its wonders. Christians are God’s “farm” --His “husbandry”--His
A “field” belongs to its owner.
So Paul says, “Ye are not your own…ye are bought with a price” (1
Corinthians 6:19-20). God holds the
title deed. We are absolutely His.
We belong to Him by right of creation and by right of preservation. But the greatest fact is that we belong to Him by right of
redemption – because He “bought” us with an infinite price to be His
Paul said to the Corinthians, “I have planted” (1 Corinthians 3:6).
In the parable of the sower, Jesus said, “The seed is the Word.”
It is the “imperishable seed.” God
brings about His wonderful harvests in the same way a farmer does. Jesus said, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow” (Matthew
It is God’s Word that lets us know what to trust Him for.
“Faith cometh by hearing”--by our knowing what God’s will is for
us. Because they can accomplish such wonders, God wants all His
“seed” planted. God’s purpose
in creating seed was that it might be planted in “good ground” where it
could germinate and “grow” and “bring forth fruit.”
So Paul said, “I have planted.”
Seed is powerless until it is planted.
The infinite price God paid for the “field” reveals the importance of
planting the “imperishable seed.” All
of God’s wonderful works are potentially in the “seed.”
David said, “All His work is done in faithfulness” (Psalms 33:4),
that is, in faithfulness to His promises. God’s
works are prevented until the seed is in “good ground.”
His design for us all is that we spend our lives making possible the
germination and growth of the “imperishable seed.”
Nothing can take the place of the seed, not even prayer.
Prayer is not the seed: the Word is the seed.
The purpose of God’s promises is their fulfillment.
They are all a revelation of what He is EAGER to do for us.
The Holy Spirit, whose work it is to fulfill the promises, speaks of them
as “exceeding great and precious” (2 Peter 1:4).
Their greatness is seen in their suitableness to meet all our needs and
to fill all our capacities. Their
immutability makes them “exceeding great and precious,” because it removes
all reason for doubt and gives us perfect reasons upon which to base our
expectations. As “seed,”
they cannot be changed. They
therefore accomplish their wonderful results at any time and in any garden.
It is the business of Christians to prove to the world by actual
demonstration that the promises of God are as true today as they were two
thousand years ago. They were given
to be known and recognized, claimed, and pleaded in prayer.
They are to be sown and tilled by prayer.
In Romans 4:12, God speaks of Christians as those “who also walk in the
steps of that faith of our father Abraham,” meaning that we should all treat
every promise God has made to us exactly as Abraham treated God’s promise to
him. Can it be that God is less
real to men of this Holy Spirit dispensation than He was to those who lived in
the shadows of these “better things”?
Jesus said to some of the Jews in His day, “My Word hath no place in
you” (John 8:37).
What place should the Word of God have in us?
I answer that it ought to obtain and retain an inside place in the
thoughts, the memory, the conscience, and the affections.
It ought to obtain and retain in us a place of honor, reverence, faith,
love, and obedience. It ought to
obtain and retain in us a place of trust. It
ought to obtain and retain in us a place of authority.
Millions of people sing that glorious hymn “Standing on the Promises of
God,” while the fact is that most of God’s promises are never claimed by
most modern church members. Standing
on the promises of God means to get them fulfilled; it means to appropriate the
blessing that each promise reveals; it means to pray “the prayer of faith”
for their fulfillment.
Neglecting them is equivalent to undoing what their fulfillment would
mean if it were already accomplished. Their
preciousness should determine our love and esteem of them.
Paul was glad to say, “I have planted.”
If all farmers treated their seed as millions of church members today
treat God’s “imperishable seed,” the world would starve to death.
In the seed there are infinite possibilities.
This is why it should be said of every one, as it was at the beginning,
They gladly received the Word (Mark 12:37; Acts 2:41).
In the plainest Bible text there is a world of blessing, just as in a
little seed there is a potential tree a million times bigger than the seed.
One verse of Scripture allowed to germinate in a human heart may grow
into a harvest of thousands of conversions and the “eternal glory” which
One kernel of wheat can, in time, cover a continent and feed nations; and
the results of cultivating the “imperishable seed” are as much greater and
more desirable than the harvests of material seed as the heavens are higher than
the earth. Only the “imperishable
seed” can bring about imperishable results.
The Bible says: “Whose seed was in itself, after his kind” (Genesis
Each promise, by the blessings promised, reveals the nature of the
harvest the seed will produce. True
Christianity is a system of promises fulfilled.
Watering of Seed
Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered.”
All the seed and all the plants in God’s garden need watering.
Jesus said of the stony ground upon which the seed fell, “It lacked
moisture” (Luke 8:6). He said,
the seed “had no root” (Matthew 13:6).
If the seed is to grow, the ground must be kept moist. It is because of the lack of constant watering that many of
God’s plants are withered instead of growing.
A garden is a place for growth.
Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “Your faith groweth exceedingly” (2
Thess. 1:3). God commanded all to
“grow in grace.” Therefore, God
says to every one of His little gardens, “Be filled with the Spirit”--Keep
the ground moist. The water is the
Spirit “whom God hath given to them that obey Him” (Acts 5:32).
The fullness of the Spirit is the condition of His perfect working.
Every one of the 176 verses of the 119th Psalm shows the Psalmist’s
attitude toward the Word of God. He
joyfully acknowledges his obligations to keep God’s precepts diligently.
He promised: “I will keep Thy statutes.”
He said to God, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart. …I have rejoiced
in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. …I will meditate in
Thy precepts. …Princes also did sit and speak against me; but Thy servant did
meditate in Thy statutes…I will delight myself in Thy statutes. …I will not
forget Thy Word. …I have kept Thy testimonies. …I have chosen the way of
“I will run the way of Thy commandments…I shall observe it (Thy law)
with my whole heart. …I delight myself in Thy commandments. …So shall I keep
Thy law continually for ever and ever…I will speak of Thy testimonies…The
proud have had me greatly in derision: yet have I not declined from Thy
law…Thy statutes have been my songs. …Thou art my portion, O Lord. …I made
haste, and delayed not to keep Thy commandments. …The proud have forged a lie
against me: but I have kept Thy precepts with my whole heart.
“The law of Thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and
silver…Thy law is my delight…For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in
Heaven…Thy faithfulness is unto all generations…Unless Thy law had been my
delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction…I will never forget
Thy precepts…O how love I Thy law! It is my meditation all the day…
“I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Thy
Word…How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter than honey to my
mouth! …Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path…I have
sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep Thy righteous judgments…Thy
testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of
my heart….I have inclined my heart to perform Thy statutes always, even unto
the end…I hate vain thoughts; but Thy law do I love… I will have respect
unto Thy statutes continually…
“I love Thy Commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold….I esteem
all Thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false
way…Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them…Many are
my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from Thy testimonies…my
heart standeth in awe of Thy Word…I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth
great spoil.” All of these
statements, and many more, are in this 119th Psalm.
They show us how the Psalmist watered the Word.
Paul said, “He that planteth and he that watereth are one” (1
Watering the seed is as necessary as planting it.
God can’t make the seed grow unless we water it.
And then Paul said, “God giveth the increase.”
He made His promises for this one purpose.
He always makes the seed grow when it is kept in good ground and watered. The growing comes after the watering.
Jesus also said, it “brought forth fruit.”
It always brings forth fruit. The
intensity of all holy desire is measured by the degree of divine love which one
possesses. God’s desire,
therefore, is as much greater than ours can be as His love is greater than ours. His benevolence is so great that His eyes “run to and fro
throughout the whole earth” continually seeking opportunities to bless those
whose attitude of heart makes it possible.
What God has promised belongs to us.
The justice of God requires that He make the seed grow when it is
“planted” and “watered.” John says, “He is faithful and just.”
The word “just” means God would be unjust to withhold from us what He
We have a right to what He promises us.
It is a one hundred percent fact that God makes every seed grow when it
is “planted” and “watered.” We
can all prove this to our present and eternal delight.
God is the best Farmer in the universe.
He never fails!
His Word--His Seed
Since the work of the “imperishable seed” is supernatural and it is
“God alone who makes the seed grow,” they often produce their wonderful
results the same day they are “planted.”
God’s promises are for TODAY; His TIME is always TODAY.
“TODAY if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts” (Hebrews
4:7). If you delay the acceptance of God’s promises, you may not
be alive tomorrow. The promises of
God belong to us TODAY, and we are not sure of them any other time.
The only way to be sure of God’s promised blessings is to accept HIS
TIME; and we read in 2 Corinthians 6:2, “Behold, NOW is the accepted time.”
Since NOW is the time God accepts, we should accept it as our time. He commands us to hear His voice “TODAY,” and says,
“Harden not your hearts” by waiting.
In Mark 11:24, Jesus said “Believe that ye receive” (literally
“NOW”--“when ye pray.” Faith
says, before the answer is manifested, “Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast
heard me.” When you cannot SEE or FEEL, say, “This is the time to
The results are not to be manifested until AFTER we believe our prayer is
heard and continue to believe.
Say to the Lord: “Thou art now working in response to my faith--I count
on Thy faithfulness.” The matter passes out of our hands into God’s hands the
moment we make a definite committal of it to God.
Paul said, “He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him”
(2 Timothy 1:12).
But God does not promise to keep anything that is not committed to Him.
This is the way to receive everything God has promised to us.
Were the gifts of God for soul and body merely PROMISED gifts, we would
have to wait for the Promiser to fulfill His promises, and the responsibility
would be on Him. But all of God’s blessings are OFFERED gifts as well as
promised, and therefore need to be ACCEPTED; and the responsibility for their
transfer is OURS. This clears God
of all responsibility for any failure.
Harvest of Watered Seed
What was the effect of David’s attitude toward God’s Word--of his
watering the seed? This shepherd
boy, by watering the Word within him, became wiser than all his teachers (Psalms
His attitude toward God’s Word made him “a man after God’s own
heart.” It made him the world’s
greatest Psalmist. His Psalms have
blessed millions during the centuries which have followed.
His watering of the seed made him a divinely inspired writer. As
every seed planted, produces more seed, so David’s words in the Psalms became
God’s “imperishable seed” which have for centuries germinated in human
hearts all over the world. His
words have been the texts for thousands of sermons.
David found that meditation chews our spiritual food, and gets the
sweetness and nutritive virtue of the Word into our hearts and lives.
Meditation has a digesting power, and turns truth into spiritual
nourishment. It is the Word of God
which Paul says, “effectually worketh in you that believe” all the divine
transformations from “glory to glory.” David said, “I understand more than
the ancients because I keep Thy precepts” (Psalms 119:100).
By observing in heart and life the precepts of the Lord, David early in
life understood more than those who lived in earlier times learned in a whole
lifetime by experience.
David, who started life only as a shepherd boy, by meditating in and
practicing divine precepts, obtained such wisdom and knowledge that he was
spoken of in 2 Samuel 14:17 as “an angel of God” in judging right and wrong.
In the same chapter, his wisdom is compared to “the wisdom of an
angel.” He said, “Thy Word hath
quickened me” (Psalms 119:50). It
quickened his whole being to the extent that God’s Word was fulfilled in him. His life was filled with praise and thanksgiving.
The possibilities of the “imperishable seed” are infinite. Nothing can be so beneficial as being God’s Field. Only God can know what the eternal harvest will be. Remember that, throughout your Christian life, “YOU ARE GOD’S FIELD TO BE PLANTED.”