“What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.” Mark 4:30-32
This week is Spring Break for my grandsons. I got to spend much of today with them and treated them to Chinese food for lunch. While eating, we got on the subject of planting seeds this summer. That led to the topic of kingdom seeds and how powerful they are when planted on earth. I told them that Jesus gave an example when talking about the tiniest of seeds, the mustard seed. He told the story of how something so small can grow into a 10 foot plant. Great things always start small.
How much do you believe in the seeds of scripture? When a need is so great, whether in someone else or in me, it can seem hopeless to personalize a few verses. What difference is it really making when I don’t see immediate results? Does speaking a few kingdom words over an ocean of need even impact the void?
My greatest mistake would be to be misled by earth’s odds. If I look at the probability of change like I look at filling up a beach ~ one grain of sand at a time ~ of course I’ll give up. But that is not what happens when I consistently sow the seeds of heaven. These agents of the kingdom are energetic and highly effective. When inspired, and then spoken, they begin the process of change. How do I know? Jesus said, “If you plant it, it will bear fruit.” Whether I can see the changes is immaterial. God works in the deep, in the unseen and imperceptible, and does soul surgery in masterful ways long before human beings can see the fruit.
What kind of seeds do you need to plant today? Belief. Joy. Peace. Unity. Sobriety. Pure sexual appetite. Speak God’s Word. Don’t just read it silently. When declared, faith is ignited and spiritual forces are put on notice. It is the legal equivalent of serving the enemy legal papers. Oh, the cumulative effect of God’s spoken Word over time.
I believe and I have seen with my own eyes my own transformation. Amen