How Does It Grow?

This Sunday (2/13/11) we will look at an interesting parable which Jesus doesn’t interprete.  It’s been viewed as personal spiritual growth to church growth to God’s kingdom growth.  Who do you think the sower is?  What does “growth” look like?  How have you grown in Christ in the last 6 months?  I hope to see you Sunday when we wrestle with these questions and more.

Mark 4:26-29 NIV

 26He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

One thought on “How Does It Grow?

  1. First of all, the Pancake Breakfast was such a blessing. Thank you teachers of the younger grades for serving and making all of us feel special and loved. The men in the kitchen (John, Justin and Ethan) cooked the perfect pancakes. We went away satisfied.

    The Parable of the Growing Seed, found in Mark 4:26-29 is an uncommfortable one for those who have a compulsion to cause growth or “fix” what they think is broke. The parable begs the questions: “How does the kingdom grow?”; “Why do some choose to follow Jesus and others don’t?”; “How does one mature?” What makes us uncomfortable is that growth happens without bennefit of the sower and without his understanding. God brings the growth.

    This is a breathe of fresh air for those who are tired of ‘instigating’ growth or tired of badgering (or being badgered) those who don’t measure up.

    The previous parables (The good soil & the light on a stand) have reminded us that the sprouting and the lighting is God’s doing. The growth is also God’s work which leaves scattering seed and harvesting to the sower.

    Scattering seed is a skill to spread it out. As a planter of carrot seeds might mix the seed with a little sand so it distributes more evenly, the sower must spread the good word of God mixed with loving actions.

    God gives the growth and shame on the sower when at the first sign of growth harvests the sprout or the stalk, expecting it to be a full grow fruitful Godly individual. We all grow at different time schedules, and even the seeds planted today might not show in my life until next year or longer.

    The harvest is that of fruitful living, acknowledging the growing periods and the fruitful periods. We all need times of feed as well as times of producing a goodly crop! And this till we are “harvested” by our Savior.

    The primary point of the parable (and we should not press a parable too far but allow it to stand on it’s own) is that God brings the growth. Can any one of us command our children grow physically? We can provide positive conditions of growth, how cells multiply and even spiritual lives are matured is in God’s hands.

    So what are some ways to provide positive conditions for growth?

    Set aside time for meditation, on God’s word and what he has bless us. In our connected-generation, it is harder and harder to disconnect and ponder the greater things.

    Prayer is our surrender to God that He provides the growth, not us. A prayerless life has already made the decision that they bring the growth, not God.

    Meeting together. Seed is planted together so it might pollinate together. We need the pollination of others indeas, thoughts, meditations to bring growth.

    Scattering seed is what we are called to do, with love, joy and care. He who sows sparingly reeps sparingly…. sows generoously, reeps generously. It’s a spiritual law that we don’t know how it works… but it does. Try it.

    Patience in growth, trusting in God This is the hardest for ourselves as well as for others.

    We are called to trust in “God’s Power” because our God is “too strong.” (illustration from Remember the Titans). May the All-powerful God, who has displayed His grace through Christ, grow you this week!

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