“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
Kingdom seeds are so powerful when they are planted on earth, even the tiniest ones. Whether giant or minuscule, every seed grows to reach its maximum potential because that’s what happens in God’s Kingdom. Jesus gave an example of this when He talked about the tiny mustard seed. He told the story of how something so small grows into a ten foot plant. His story underscores that great things often start small.
How much do I really believe that scripture is a seed and that, if watered through prayer, it will be fruitful? When a situation is dire, it can seem hopeless to sow the seeds of Scripture by personalizing a few verses and then speaking them, or praying them. Will this really make a difference even when I don’t see immediate results? Will reciting a few kingdom words over an ocean of need really impact it?
My greatest mistake would be to be misled by earthly comparisons. 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. Because scripture is the spoken Word of the ‘one and only’ God, this agent of transformation is energetic and highly effective. When, in prayer, God leads me to the Word I am to speak into my situation, the process of change begins. How do I know? Jesus said, “If you plant it, it will bear fruit.” Whether I can see the change right away is immaterial. God works in the deep, in the unseen and imperceptible. He does soul surgery in masterful ways long before human beings can see the fruit. How does all of this fit with free choice? Am I advocating name it and claim it? This will be tomorrow’s devotional. But for now ~
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