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June 14, 2013

Text: “And he said, the kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows: he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29

Have you ever planted a vegetable garden? This was not in my ken until we moved to a small town in Oklahoma. We moved there in March and soon everyone was asking us, “Are you going to plant a garden?” So my wife and I took the challenge. With the guidance of an elderly couple we gathered what we needed, prepared the ground, and started the task of planting and tending it. But then one day green beans started to sprout, tomato plants put on little flowers, and black-eyed peas appeared. Soon we began to harvest vegetables and eat, can or freeze them. However, like the man in the parable, try as I may I can not comprehend how putting seed in the ground produces fruit, however, I know it does.

In our text Jesus compares His kingdom to the most basic concept: what makes plants grow? Jesus does not explain how plants grow, but He declared it works. He asserts this in two ways: (1) “the seed sprouts and grows” (2) “the earth produces by itself”. Further, if it works in the material world, it also works in the spiritual world. Jesus gave us some concept of spiritual seed growing. In Luke 8:11 Jesus says, “The seed is the word of God”. Further He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of man.” Matthew 13:37  So this is a process of God and we must trust that it is real. This is the enterprise of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

Paul confirms that men play an indispensable part in this spiritual process. He says in I Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” In the verse before he stated that he and Apollos were “servants” declaring the word of God, i.e. seed. To take these thoughts further, the apostle Peter wrote, “Since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.” I Peter 1:23

Here’s the point. Once your become a Christian you become a servant (or slave) of God.  “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God…” Romans 6:22 ESV  As above, Paul and Apollos were servants who declared the word of God. As they were sowing seed into the hearts of men, so we must be servants sowing the seed of God. 

So ask yourself this question: “And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” I Corinthians 10:14d

You are a sower, so sow the seed into someone’s heart tomorrow and frequently thereafter.

One Comment
  1. I remember well, when you and Kathleen first grew a garden. I did very well. You also planted a lot of seed in this area, and some of it prodeced Christians. It is the same word, the apostles preached. Blessings on your continued sowing the seed of the Kingdom.

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