Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
"He told them another parable: 'The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.'"
For the next three days I will be using these three titles: “Seed Sowing,” “Weed Pulling,” and “Harvest Reaping.” I would have liked to use a rhyming title for the third day, but my creative juices ran dry!
It has always amazed me how some people are able to prepare soil and plant seeds that seem to explode out of the ground and bear a crop of amazing proportions.
A former neighbor of ours used to raise huge Hubbard squash plants. From a few round planters we could watch as the seeds grew into sprouts and soon filled the planters with green leaves. By harvest time he reaped several hundred pounds of squash. My experience with growing things has not produced the same results.
As I meditate on the subject of sowing seeds, I am aware that in order to grow, there must be a death. Seeds by themselves will never reproduce and bear a crop. They will remain just a single seed.
I once read that archaeologists discovered seeds of wheat that had been placed in jars and left in tombs deep inside pyramids. The seeds of wheat remained just as they had several thousand years earlier when placed there.
One of the archaeologists took some of the seeds and planted them in the ground and watered them. After a short time shoots began to appear and, after a normal growing period, a head of grain appeared that produced many seeds.
Jesus taught this truth in John 12:24: “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
There are two aspects of sowing seed for believers. We need to be busy sowing seeds. That means sharing the gospel. One of the ministries we support is a Juvenile Correctional Center. The faithful servant who devotes his time to sow seeds in that field called me today. He shared that several young men have accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts and have been baptized. Praise the Lord!
A second aspect in sowing seed is to recognize that we are seeds. That being the case, we need to die to self in order to produce the harvest that Christ desires---as we give ourselves totally to Him instead of demanding our own way. Increasingly we need to pray, “Not my will, Lord, but Thy will be done!”
Blessings dear hearts. Draw near to God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing!
--- Pastor Cecil
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