3 Critical Responsibilities in the Spiritual Pursuit of Those We are Called to Help
October 4, 2018
Brodie Croyle, Executive Director
In Mark 4:26-29, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Growing Seed, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A farmer 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.”
As we pursue all that God wants to do through us as parents, friends, spouses, etc., we have crucial responsibilities in which we must remain faithful - prepare the soil (live according to biblical truth, keep getting up, continue to try again), plant (share the gospel), fight the weeds (intercede through prayer on behalf of the ones we are fighting for without ceasing).
In all of our preparing, planting and fighting, may we not forget some very powerful words in this parable - ”the farmer does not know how.” A crop needs rain, warm weather, sunlight, good soil – all things that God alone brings forth as we remain committed to the call. We HAVE to do our part fully trusting GOD will always do His.
There may be days or seasons when there seems to be no growth, but that is oftentimes when God is doing His greatest work. Our efforts might seem insignificant, unseen and sometimes pointless BUT, recall these words, “the farmer does not know how” and trust that God will remain as faithful today as He’s always been.
As with everything God creates, there is order. There is a time and season for every activity under the heavens (Ecclesiastes 3). This is true even as the seed produces grain - “All by itself the soil produces grain — first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” We don’t know what part of the growth we are going to be for those in our lives that need us to prepare, plant and fight on their behalf. We obviously would love to see the thirtyfold, sixtyfold or hundredfold yield as referenced in Matthew 13:23, but we don’t know the order nor how we will be used.
Let’s trust the One who does and Plant A Seed anyway.