Mark 4:21-34 Friday, 4 June 2021

“…the seed should sprout and grow…. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head.” -Mark 4:27-28

A Farmer has high hopes when he plants seed on the ground that it would bring in a rich harvest! In fact, Ecclesiastes 11:4 [AMP] says, “He who watches the wind [waiting for all conditions to be perfect] will not sow [seed], and he who looks at the clouds will not reap [a harvest].” The trait of a good farmer is that he is willing to take risks and hence he will be rewarded.

As a continuation of the Parable of the Sower, Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the growing seed. In equating it to the Kingdom of God, we can learn a few principles:

  • The seed (the Word of God), having the inherent capacity of life, sprouts, grows… the farmer being unaware how it happens.

  • There is a stage of growth we see- a blade; later on the buds of grain; and finally the full grain which matures or ripens for harvest.

Taking these principles to the Kingdom of God, we see that when the Gospel is sown in the lives of people and they get saved, we see the beginnings of God’s Kingdom- it grows and it expands – in the world and in an individual. Then comes the harvest time- when God comes to establish His Kingdom on the earth full-fledged! In this context we remember Paul’s words in 1Cor.3:6,7: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.” God causes the growth of His Kingdom!

Look at this parable from a personal perspective, the Seed which is the Word of God (Luke 8:11) has the potential of life and growth in it. When its planted in a “good” heart (the right soil), it sprouts and grows and brings forth a good harvest! This shows the progress of a Christian from a “babe” to a mature man. Let’s look into the various stages of growth of an individual as given in the Word:

Newborn into God’s Kingdom

A person who is born again begins his new life in Christ. “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.” (1 Peter 1:23) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;” (2 Cor.5:17).