A Seed Grows Up
May 19, 2017
Genesis 1:12 “The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”
What a beautiful world we live in. We do not have to look very far to appreciate the world God created. Even God, sat back and looked at his creation and saw that “it was good”. We see a pattern that was established in nature and carries through to every part of life, the life that God also created.
If you plant a seed in fertile soil you have a good start for the seed to grow. Jesus told us “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 So we see one of the smallest seeds in nature being used to compare our faith, and how it can grow. Jesus will take the smallest commitment on our part and makes it into something beautiful.
We also know it will take water to nurture this seed through its growth process. John 7:38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.'” So, as the faith is our mustard seed, our devotion to Christ and our service to him releases God’s “living water to flow”, and growth quickly follows. But to have the seed grow for the sake of growth alone is meaningless unless it produces something.
In our progression, we plant in anticipation of a harvest. It can be vegetables, fruit or just the beautiful flowers we see and the fragrances we enjoy. The fruit the believer is looking for is beautiful to see and wonderful to experience by all. Galatians 5:22 shows us what this process will yield in a Christian, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” This produces seed that will be replanted continually and its harvest cannot be measured by any natural means.
We see the cycle has come full circle. The seed of faith is created by God and accepted by our hearts that must be accepting of the seed. As we seek a closer relationship with our God and seek to serve him he takes his living water and causes our seed to grow. Through time, and with extreme patience, the seed grows into a tree that will produce fruit in the life of the believer. This fruit will not only be visually appealing but will also give life to those that consume it. The seed of faith has now been transferred to the new soil and the process restarts. We have a nature trail that reminds us that life will continue even as our life draws closer to its end. It was created by God and is curated by his creation called mankind. May our hearts and minds be about spreading the seed of faith and then stand in amazement at what God does with those seeds.