“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.” Mark 4:26-28 KJV
“The sower soweth the Word.” Mark 4:14 KJV
Mark spends much of chapter 4 writing about Jesus describing the Word of God as a seed in the hearts of those who believe and are born again. This is such a powerful, yet commonly overlooked illustration of God’s Word. What does this parable mean and why in so much of the scripture does God talk about His Word?
Jesus gave us many parables about the Word of God–he refers also to the kingdom of God which translated means “royal power.” There is power in His Word.
It was His Word that was the seed for the creation of the heavens, the earth, and of all life on earth (Genesis 1 & 2).
It was His Word that was the seed for Mary to become pregnant. His Word was spoken, she accepted it in faith and His Word became flesh (Luke 1:31-38).
It is His Word that has healed us and delivered us (Psalm 107:20).
It is His Word that is the seed for our faith (Romans 10:17).
And it is the seed, that when planted in the fertile ground of our hearts and our minds and then carefully nurtured, in time (seed doesn’t spring up overnight) brings forth the fruit of holiness, goodness, faithfulness, love, peace, patience, gentleness, kindness and a stronger FAITH–the fruit of God.
Without the seed, there is no fruit. With the wrong seed, weeds appear.
Often, we want the fruit of God. We want to see God’s promises come to fruition. We want to walk solidly in the Spirit and have a strong faith that doesn’t waver in the storm. We want to see the “full corn in the ear,” a huge crop of all the goodness of God, yet, for many reasons, we plant little seed and what we plant, we barely nurture. Or we plant seed of doubt or destruction…Then when there is no crop or we find weeds of pain and fear, we wonder what went wrong.
God set up this world on the law of seed and harvest. What we see in our lives is a direct correlation of what seed we are planting. Christ was so clear that this life requires us to choose a path and when we choose Him, we must be diligent, just as farmers are. This cannot be a half-hearted attempt and expect to achieve a valuable crop of a victorious life that Christ promised.
Jesus Christ is the Word that became flesh. When we choose Him, put Him first in our life above our family, our job, our entertainment–When we love Him with the same love in which He loves us, we will plant His Word in our hearts and in our minds. We will study the Bible with the passion that we have previously studied other books. We will consciously choose to crucify our flesh so that we may know Him and we may be so full of Him that when the enemy attacks and the world squeezes us with sickness, pain, lies–It is His promises, His Word that comes out.
To get the harvest we want, we must plant the right seed and we must care for it diligently. We cannot just have a few scriptures memorized and quote them out of context (even Satan does that). We cannot offer a token devotion or prayer to God each day and expect to see what Moses, Elijah, David, Ruth, Peter, Paul, and John saw. We must know Him and His Word with the same commitment that they had.
We HAVE to know His Word. We must study it in context with which they were written, we must dwell on it, pray about it, speak it, and we must have faith that He, our great comforter, the Holy Spirit, will teach us all that God wants us to know (1 Corinthians 2:13).
God is faithful to His Word (Isaiah 55:11, Philippians 4:19, 2 Corinthians 1:20) and He will bring to fruition the promises He made. He took the first step–He spoke the seed and now it is our turn to accept it, plant it and believe–Just like Mary did.
So, let’s plant His seed today and everyday and walk in patience with a God-honoring faith that we will see His fruit over time. Then our testimony will be a bright shining light that will draw others to Him.
What an awesome God we serve!