Jesus knew about gardens - 27 January 2021
By Hennie Symington
- Mark 4:26-29
Jesus went on to say, “The Kingdom of God is like this. A man scatters seed in his field. He sleeps at night, is up and about during the day, and all the while the seeds are sprouting and growing. Yet he does not know how it happens. The soil itself makes the plants grow and bear fruit; first the tender stalk appears, then the ear, and finally the ear full of corn. When the corn is ripe, the man starts cutting it with his sickle, because harvest time has come.
Jesus was fond of using metaphors relating to planting, fruit, harvesting, etc. to illustrate the workings of the kingdom. Those of us who are keen gardeners love to potter around the garden and fuss over the plants to watch them grow and despair if we see no growth. And those of us who are not such dedicated gardeners are often surprised at the plants that do grow in our gardens despite our neglect.
What about the kingdom? Does God really need us to grow his kingdom? What difference do we make in his kingdom? Sometimes we regret our lack of commitment, yet the crop grows without the farmer’s intervention which indicates that God accomplishes his purposes even when we are absent or unaware of what he’s doing. The goal is the ripened grain. At the proper time, the Word will bring forth its fruit, and the Lord of the harvest (Luke 10:2) will be glorified. The way God uses his Word to grow in the heart of an individual is mysterious and completely independent of human effort. May we be faithful in “sowing the seed,” praying for a harvest, and leaving the results to the Lord.
Prayer: God, you know what we are made of. You know that we could never bring your kingdom to pass through our own efforts. Yet you have made us part of that kingdom just because you love us. Amen