Mark 4:27 – He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how
I’ve been planting a garden in our backyard now for the last 2 years. Although I’m in the landscape industry I know nothing of “farming” even on the urban level. However, we have been blessed with pretty good “harvests”, until this summer’s record heat that is. The gardening process is amazing. We buy a small plant or better yet, a packet of seeds. We prepare the soil, plant and begin watering. In a few days we see the little shoots emerge and with consistent care we have Produce in a matter of a few weeks. This is truly one of Gods miracles of life! The faith we put in that little plant or seed, while sub-conscious, is as big as faith gets. How exactly the seed grows is a mystery. Though it grows by a process we cannot see nor fully account for, we have faith in the growing process. So it is with the Kingdom of God: we work in partnership with God, yet the real work is left up
to Him – we trust in a process we cannot see nor fully account for.
The word of God works invisibly within us. God promised that His word would accomplish the purpose for which He sends it (Isaiah 55:11). So when you hear the word it works in you – even as you sleep! It works in you spiritually, in a way that is invisible to our eyes.
Jesus used the seed/soil scenario in a couple of different parables. In the verse above the seed is The Word. When it’s planted in us, and we nurture it, it has the ability to grow and we then have the ability to sow more seed by sharing God’s Word with others. This gardening thing is pretty cool!
2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Excerpts from Mark 4 Commentry by David Guzik