A Growing Seed

Mark 4:26–29 (ESV)26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Jesus compared the growth of the kingdom of God to the growth of seeds planted by a farmer. The farmer plants the seeds and over time the seeds sprout and grow. The farmer does not really know how it all works. The seed goes from being a mere seed to a shoot, to budding, then to bearing fruit for harvest. It is quite amazing to think about how these things work! When the time comes, the farmer goes out and reaps the harvest.

The kingdom of God is similar in its growth. The seed is planted through the proclamation of the gospel and over time it begins to grow. Soon the harvest is ripe and the kingdom has come. At the harvest, Jesus will return for his people. We do not understand how the seed of the gospel grows in the hearts of people, but we continue to spread the word knowing that there will be fruit in due time. Praise the Lord!


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