The Kingdom and the Seed

Another parable He put
forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed,
which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the
seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so
that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches
(Matthew 13:31-32).
 
When I was young my dad planted a garden every spring. We
lived all year long on the harvest of those wonderful vegetables. But it was a
lot of work. The ground had to be prepared. Fertilizer had to be spread. Weeds
had to be removed. Insects had to be kept away. But it was well worth the
trouble when we sat down week after week in cold winter months to a plate full
of sweet corn, field peas, green beans, squash, and butterbeans.
 
Before planting the vegetables each spring, I noticed the
bags on the shelf in the tool shed. Opening them before planting I noticed the
old seeds lying dormant in the bag. At times, we had some left over from the
previous year. These seeds never changed until we placed them in a different
environment. They were made to be placed in soil. That’s the only place they do
their work.
  
The kingdom of God works on the principle of the seed. A
seed is small and unassuming. It’s not necessarily pretty to look at either. In
the wrong place, it’s completely paralyzed. Without attention, its power is
never unleashed. The power to feed thousands is in one little seed! And the
amount of harvest has a lot to do with the attention that seed gets as the
plant it produces grows. Insects and weeds must be dealt with regularly.
Irrigation at times is essential.
  
The Word is a seed! The kingdom of God
works on the seed principle. The sower (the pastor or minister) sows the seed
into hearts. The heart is the soil that germinates the Word and unleashes its
power!
 Jesus said that there
are four types of heart soil where the Word can be planted (see Mark 4).
Wayside soil is tough and impenetrable. It’s so hard that the seed just lies on
the top and produces nothing but food for the birds to eat. The forces of hell
love this soil. No kingdom seed will grow here. It’s the soil where they do
their best work.
  
Stony ground hinders the root system of newly germinating
seeds. Since the roots can’t dig down into deeper soil, the plant dies when it
gets too tall for the small roots to supply needed nourishment. This believer
hears and enjoys the word to a degree, but because they are not disciplined
enough to get the rocks out of the soil, the words only does so much in them.
In tough times they often bail out and quit! It’s not the seed that is the
problem. It’s the soil!
  
Thorny ground hearers get excited about the word for a
period of time. They nurture the soil of their heats and the Word begins
bearing fruit in them. But this believer becomes lukewarm in their walk with
God. Other things begin to be more important than God and the Word. Gradually
they become too busy. They begin to miss a church service here and there. Daily
devotions lose their luster and become occasional. And the weeds of money,
worry, and desire for other things choke the once healthy seed. The gains this
believer has had in spiritual development are lost. I see this frequently.
  
Good ground hearers produce fruit in the kingdom of God!
According to their diligence in the Word, the kingdom of God
expands in them and t hen through them! Tomorrow, I’ll give the details of this
believers walk with God! Watch over the seed that’s in you today!
 

2 thoughts on “The Kingdom and the Seed

  1. Not sure what you mean by: "The sower (the pastor or minister) sows the seed into hearts?" Are you referring to a full-time minister? Any believer may sow the good seed of the Word of God into their own heart. They do not have to wait for a pastor or a person in full-time ministry to sow the Word. Believers can believe and speak for themselves. New believers may need some help getting started though. Thanks.

  2. Of course a believer doesn't have to wait for a "minister" to sow the seed into his heart. He can do it by himself by reading and meditating alone. I was referring to the ministry of the pastor/teacher in my blog. The pastor/teacher is a "word sower," and is a necessary New Testament ministry. Yes, we all have the Holy Spirit as our teacher (1 John 2:20,27), but that does not and should not minimize the necessity of the office of the teacher in the body of Christ.

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