10/15/2018 — Mark Chapters 4 & 5

Mark 426 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

I have highlighted a few words that I seemed to have read for the very first time — well, maybe this is the first time I saw them “this way.”  We can certainly sow seed with our contacts and our evangelism.  But did you notice that regardless of the effort of the sower, it is not his effort that causes the kingdom of the Lord to grow?

The growth of God’s kingdom is greater than our efforts — this is not an excuse to “cut back” on seed planting.  We serve because we love.  But is is humbling to acknowledge the power of the Lord — His will shall be fulfilled!




1 comment

  • missliz

    The soil and seed parables remind me about the importance of listening. We have examples of disengaged listeners, careless listeners and listeners who are intent on gleaning the truth of the matter. God certainly provides the increase but the condition of the soil is an important part of the process. Am I listening to and for the right message?

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