Chuck Foreman – Teaching / Missions Pastor
The mysterious power of the seed…
Jesus loves to use SEEDS—how they grow & produce life sustaining food as an analogy for the power of HIS WORD to produce life in people. There’s something key here about his kingdom and how it functions and grows.
Unfortunately, we have been led to believe that effecting change in people lies in the power of our own knowledge, persuasive skill and communication finesse. But what if there is inherent power to change hearts and life situations in the message itself?
Check out Jesus’ parable of The Growing Seed, Mark 4:26-29
26” 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.”
According to Jesus’ previous Parable of Sower, which Jesus explained to his disciples, the Seed is the Message of the Kingdom. In the Parable of the Weeds, the one who sows the Seed is the Son of Man, Jesus himself, and the Good Seed stands for the People of the Kingdom.
You get the idea from all these Seed & Soil parables that Jesus knew the Word, the Message of His Kingdom which he was sowing—spreading as he taught, had power all by itself to touch and change people into redeemed, growing, productive members of His Kingdom!
BIG Idea: There is power in the Seed of God’s Word which he plants in the hearts of people when they hear His Story. We sow the seed by telling the story just like Jesus did. And all by itself the soil produces a crop. There will be a harvest if we trust in the power of The Growing Seed.