One of the interesting things about seeds are that God designed them to deal with both a future hope and a present reality.
And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. (Mark 4:26-29)
Very few people, save for some botanical scientists, understand how seed works. Yes we understand the mechanisms of complex proteins and acids, we have a rudimentary understanding of DNA but we don’t understand how centuries-old seed can still produce a harvest.
The good news is that you don’t have to fully understand something in order to appropriate it. How many of us understand how an airplane works? Yet millions of people fly in them daily without giving it a second thought.
That’s because of faith. The Bible tells us that we are all dealt “the measure of faith” (Romans 12:3). Faith is not just belief – it is confidence in ability. We must have faith to…
Seed has to be sown in order to be profitable. Now there are those who will tell you that if you “sow money” you’ll reap a harvest.
Money is a tool, like a plow is a tool for farming. You don’t put a plow into the ground in hope of getting more plows. Money can help sow seed but it is not seed unto itself. And when some of these preachers say “sow your best seed,” they mean give more money.
But that’s not what it’s about. Let’s have a look at what Jesus had to say:
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God (emphasis mine). The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:11-15)
Do you catch that? THE SEED is the Word of God! The Word of God made flesh is Jesus. In other words, we are to sow His Words, His Will, His Culture, and His Intent into the earth.
To Be Saved
God could have saved us simply by speaking it. However, once He sets forth a law in the earth, He does not change it. Because sin entered into the world through a man, sin had to be conquered by a man. Jesus, like a seed, had to die and be placed into the earth in order to spring forth salvation and redemption for mankind.
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24)
Jesus was brought into the earth that He might be the seed through which mankind would be reconciled unto God. Jesus is called the firstborn (first fruit) of the dead – that means His death became our death. When we are born again, we die with Him and are resurrected with Him.
The Bible tells us that “…a seed shall serve Him” (Psalm 22:30). The seed being referred to here has double meaning. On the one hand, a seed serves a farmer by producing a crop. The crop produces both consumable food and seed for a future harvest. On the other hand, the seed is Jesus. He is God’s Son but He is also the Servant prophesied by Isaiah. It is through His obedient service that we are even able to serve.
Yes, in other words, you cannot serve God outside Jesus!
You cannot truly serve God if you don’t love God and you cannot say you love God if you don’t trust God! And when you really trust God, you will have no problem with sharing Him – which Sows Him to be served up to others!
To Be Sustained
Jesus is both seed to the sower (The Father) and bread to the eater (us). He is the Bread of Life.
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Jesus told us that we would not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeded from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4). The heavens and the earth are both framed and sustained by the Word of God and the disciple of Christ is saved and sustained by the Good News of Jesus.
To not Separate
One of the issues in the Body of Christ is the desire to “root out the false teachers/prophets.” The problem with this is that what one considers “sound doctrine,” another calls “heresy.”
This is all subject to interpretation.
What we need to do is simply be faithful about sowing the Word of God, that is, preaching the Gospel. The Good News impacts all who hear it and forces them to make a choice on how to deal with it. The Gospel is seed and the seed changes the atmosphere around it.
It takes faith to not uproot those who may labor differently than yourself!
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matthew 13:24-30)
To appropriate Sanctification
Sanctification is a done deal. You couldn’t do anything to attain or obtain it and you cannot do anything to retain or maintain it. Our sanctification is in Christ alone. When Jesus said “sanctify them with your Word,” He was saying that we were sanctified by Him – because He IS the Word!
This is how we know we are conscious of our righteousness and secure in our sanctification – when we rest in it! When you understand you don’t have to work for it. And when you’re righteousness conscious (2 Corinthians 5:21), you are no longer a willing participant in sin.
No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 3:9-10)
This is the power of the seed. When it’s planted it grows. When it grows, it reproduces. In reproduction, it changes the world.
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)