He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.” He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples. (Mark 4:26-34, NRSV)
The kingdom of God is as if…
With what shall we compare the kingdom of God…
We need to know what the kingdom of God is.
But interestingly Jesus does not say this is the kingdom of God, but He gives analogies.
The smallest of seeds growing into a mighty bush!
Or seeds planted and then the earht giving forth the plants!
It is a mystery. Even if we could undertand it we don’t. The seeds are planted and the plants come.
God is the one who does it.
God brings the kingdom.
But He needs us to scatter seeds.
You scatter the story of His love, mercy and grace. He waters and brings the growth.
God’s kingdom will come and be brought on by Him in His time. You get the honor of casting seed!