Our job as individuals is to sow the seeds of God’s teachings in the gardens and fields of our lives. The job of the Church is to act like the barn into which the harvest is carried and stored safely. What happens in between the sowing of the seed and harvesting the crop is God’s job. It is a mystery. Some seeds grow, others do not. Some harvests fail, others are much bigger than expected. Why these things happen is a mystery. How it happens or doesn’t happen is a mystery. But our job as an individual or as a church is not a mystery. Our job is to sow seeds and then collect a harvest and keep it safe.
Mark 4:26-29 NLT
Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
Mark 5:18-20 NLT
As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.
When ‘Legion’, (the man from whom Jesus had banished many demons), asked to go with Jesus, Jesus turned him down and sent him off to tell his family about what had happened to him. It has always bothered me that Jesus apparently turn down this man’s request to follow him. But in the context of the parable of the growing seed, it suddenly seems clearer. Jesus knew that this man’s testimony would be powerful and could produce a great harvest for the Lord. He commissioned the man immediately to go out and tell of Gods great mercy. My goal is to remember that learning about Jesus in order to follow him should not mean that I must wait until I know everything before I can begin sowing seeds.
Leviticus 9:7-10:20, Mark 4:26-5:20, Psalms 37:30-40, Proverbs 10:6-7