“This is what the Kingdom of God is like. A man scatters a 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.” - Mark 4:26-29 ________________________________________________________________________________
Jesus’ favorite teaching device was the parable. They can be found throughout the Gospels and to some, they can be confusing. I’d like to share one of my favorite parables and explain the importance behind it.
“The Parable of the Growing Seed” can be found in Mark chapter 4. It begins with Jesus describing a man who scatters seeds onto the ground. While many picture a man physically sprinkling seeds on top of the soil, I’d like you to instead vision yourself spreading the Word of God to someone else. Scattering the seed on the ground and into the soil is Jesus calling us to be disciples to His word and spread the Gospel to build foundations within our hearts.
From that point, Jesus goes on to explain how the seed grows without the farmer tending to it. What I love about this verse is how He assures us that the rest of the process is in God’s hands. It is our job to plant the seed and to disciple others towards Jesus, but God will control the spiritual growth that occurs within each person.
The other interesting part of this parable is that Jesus did not explain the meaning of it after He told it. He left it up to us to understand the meaning. I encourage everyone to look into Mark and read the parable. Use it as a guide to help spread the Good News and disciple to all nations, as we are called to do.
“Be vulnerable. Be dedicated. Be strong.”