Parable Discussion: the Seed Growing Itself

Mark 4:26-29

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

This parable talks about a seed being planted and unknown the how and the why to the farmer it grows from a seed into a plant.  There are 3 main things that we learn about the Kingdom of God and about our own walk with God:

1. Growth happens gradually.  As much as we would like to be super-Christians overnight, it just doesn’t happen that way.  We have to learn patience, not just with others but with ourselves as we grow closer to God.

2. Growth happens orderly.  Scripture tells us that when we first believe in God we are like spiritual babies who crave the milk.  Paul later tells us that we need to grow up and become more mature Christ-followers.  Jesus encourages us to be perfect as God is perfect indicating there must be a progression to a deepening of our walk with him.

3. Growth comes from God.  While we have a part to play in our own spiritual growth, it is up to the Holy Spirit to move us along in our journey.  We have a symbiotic relationship with the Spirit that allows us to work together on growing deeper in our walk with him.

This parable has a bottom line of putting us in our rightful place.  We are helpless without God.

Do you live like you rely on God for everything, or do you try to masquerade as you are the King of the universe?

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