Seeds of God's Truth
Read Mark 4:1-9
Strawberries. Strawberry short cake, strawberry cheesecake, strawberry ice cream, strawberry yogurt, strawberry shakes and strawberry cakes. Mashed strawberries over vanilla ice cream and cooked strawberries, with rhubarb in a pie. My family really enjoys strawberries and that's just why I did what I did a few summers ago.
For years I had a small vegetable garden in a corner of the backyard, where I grew a couple of squash, a few onions, and a lot of tomatoes (we really like tomatoes too). But this particular year, I decided to add to my humble repertoire… strawberries.
Two small rows against the fence should do, I thought to myself. And so, carefully, I planted my few feeble seedlings. Now, I was told that I'd have to wait one full year to see any substantial fruit, but I wasn’t warned about the plants themselves. My surprise came in early spring of the following year. I’d just gone out to ready my garden for planting when I couldn’t believe my eyes. Over the winter, while the earth above was slowly dying, my two scrawny rows of seedlings had been busy living, and not only that, spreading. They were no longer limited to the back fence. No, I saw baby strawberry plants sprouting up in places I hadn't even touched – literally covering the entire right half of the garden. I hadn't planted them there, but there they were. It’s almost as if they’d come up 30, 60, 100 times as much as I'd planted. Sound familiar?
We’re reading today in the first portion of Mark chapter four. Jesus was once again captivating His audience with a story, all the while driving home a solid spiritual message. Today's story involved a farmer planting seeds. Many seeds. And like most endeavors for good, his hit some thorny ground. In fact, Jesus tells us that 75 percent of what he planted, the farmer lost. Sounds like he should've been intimidated – should've given up. But he didn’t. You see, even though a lot of his work seemed lost, there was still that 25 percent that stayed. Those seeds took root, and the plants grew. And they not only grew, they flourished. Jesus talked about them in verse eight.
Still other seed fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. Mark 4:8
Only a quarter of the seeds took root, but that quarter then produced a harvest of up to 100 times of what was planted. Sounds like it more than made up for the seeds that were rejected.
We’re farmers too, you and I. We plant seeds daily by the lives we live. As we live to glorify God, our life produces a crop of goodness that can only grow. And that's not all. If we will purposefully plant seeds of God’s truth and love into the lives of others, our crop potential dramatically increases. Just as Jesus said… even up to 100 times what was planted.
That’s a pretty good harvest.
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