Do you ever find yourself sharing a kernel of truth with someone and it seems to go in one ear and out the other? Do you ever feel like no one is listening to or learning from your efforts in teaching the Word of God? Jesus gives us The Parable Of the Seed Caster to teach us how we should be sharing His Gospel.
(Mar 4:26) And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;
As Christians, we are to sow seeds of Gods truth into the ground, without trying to determine what type of ground it is, as explained in the Parable of the Sower of the Seed. Only God knows who is fertile ground and who is not, and it is God that causes this seed to grow or not.
(Mar 4:27) And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.
This sleep isn’t the slumber of those who are spiritually blind–this is the sleep of rest. Once the sower plants the seed, he should leave it alone and not push the point. However, if the person wants to hear more, we can water the seed to quench its thirst. If not, then God will send the rain if that seed is to grow, and it will be in God’s time, because God sets the seasons.
(Mar 4:28) For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
God grows these seeds a little at a time. If we plant a crop and water it some, and sit and watch several times a day, those seeds can seem to take forever to grow. And if you didn’t know any better, you would say that nothing is happening. But we know and have faith that God will allow them to grow and that there is a lot going on before we can even see it sprout above ground. We never question if the process works because we know it and we can see the results all over the earth. We have faith that our seeds will grow too. We should have the same faith when we plant seeds of truth.
(Mar 4:29) But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.
All the seeds of a crop grow at slightly different rates, but when harvest time comes around, they all suddenly blossoming and producing fruit and week can see the fruits of the labor. It is just the same in the Kingdom of God–every seed will grow at a different rate, but when harvest time comes, all of those within whom God grew the seeds will be ready to roll and will have their part in the very end as Jesus is about to return.
Have faith and let God grow the seeds.