Sunday, July 8, 2012

Scattering Seed

"He also said, 'This is what the kingdom of God is like.  A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.  All by itself the soil produces grain - first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.  As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it , because the harvest has
come.' "   Mark 4:26-29

This parable is not a very popular one but I think it is wonderful.  This parable is also only found in Mark.

It is interesting when you think about a farmer scattering seed.  We can plant the seed but we have nothing at all to do with the seed itself.  It doesn't matter if we are there or not - the seed sprouts & grows - God is in control - we are not.  It doesn't matter if we were to watch the seed or go inside - that seed will still sprout & grow.  It is the same with the gospel - planting the saving grace & mercy of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ.  It is not by our works - only God can have the glory - we don't even have to fully understand why or how - that seed still grows.

The detail of each plant is also significant.  The growth process (stalk, head & kernel) are all parts of every life and development of our Christian walk.  I also believe that the different parts symbolize that together we all make up the kingdom of God - we all have our position in the church.

And don't forget about the harvest - when the "grain is ripe."  I'm reminded of this verse:
"......because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."  Philippians 1:5 & 6
This "completion" & "the day of Christ Jesus" is the harvest.  Even in our own life it is God in control & "He will carry it on to completion."  All we have to do is trust and follow - sprout & grow.

Let's scatter the seed of grace & mercy from our Savior Jesus Christ.

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