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, | 21 Mar 2022 | by GEM

Kingdom Parables

by Karen Kurth

Key Verse:   Jesus also said, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.” 

– Mark 4:26-29, NLT 

In the margin of my Bible, I found written “kingdom – the spiritual reign or authority of God.”  I like to look up words as I read my Bible and I often write definitions.  Seeing this definition made me think, “this must have been one of those times.”  My way is to assume responsibility.  If God is to reign in my heart, then I must pave the way for that to happen.

But then I read what Jesus has to say about the kingdom of God and the responsibility shifts from my shoulders to God’s shoulders.

Who sought whom? I ask myself.  Before I was a believer, I did not seek God.  Trouble came.  It overwhelmed me.  I couldn’t sleep.  For several nights I had no sleep, and I was desperate.  I pulled out what I thought was the most boring book on the planet to induce sleep.  In those pages I found God.

For two years, I read that book.  In that time, my heart was captured by Jesus.  I entered a relationship with Him.

“A farmer scatters seed on the ground.”  I opened the book.  “The seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.”  The words, the seeds, planted themselves, grew themselves.  God was conversing with me even before I knew Him.  Even today, the grain ripens.  God’s reign and authority grow in my heart, in my life.

Today I impatiently beg for His will to become my will.  But I have no power to make that happen.  All I can do is seek to be close to Him.  And, while I am living this life imperfectly, He is growing in my heart.

With others, I imperfectly get to share in scattering seed.  He is always in charge of making that seed germinate and grow.  The person who gave me that Bible, ten years before I opened it, was scattering the seed.  Selah.

Reflection Verse

 This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:
“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it. 

–  Isaiah 30:15, NIV

Reflection Questions

  • How am I assuming responsibility for the kingdom growth in a disciple?  Will I lay that burden back on God’s shoulders and rest today?

  • Ask the Holy Spirit to show me where I might be missing His prompting to scatter Gospel seeds.  As I leave the house, will I ask God for eyes to see and ears to listen for opportunities to scatter?