THE POWER OF THE GROWING SEED
Intro: Being involved in the spread of the Gospel message can be a discouraging thing.
Often, it seems like your efforts are ineffective and fruitless.
Preachers preach the Word of God and there is little or no response from either saint of sinner.
The message of life is shared with those who are dead in sin and they reject it out of hand.
The light of salvation is given to those in darkness and they prefer their darkness to the light.
You labor in the Word for hours, seeking the message of God for His people, and then when the message is preached, no one seems to care.
The glories of Christ and of the Bible are preached to those who profess to know Jesus and they just sit there and look at the preacher as if he is sharing the most boring news imaginable.
That can be very discouraging.
Some of you are in the business of sharing your faith with your friends, family and co-workers.
When you do, you are ignored, ridiculed or attacked.
The people you love and desire to see saved seem as though they could care less about what you have to say to them about the condition of their souls.
That can be very discouraging.
This parable offers some hope to those who take the time to share their faith with others.
This parable teaches us that the Gospel seed has power.
It teaches us that, while we may not see immediate results for our efforts, the Gospel will bear fruit in the Lord’s time.
When the Gospel is shared, whether it is from a pulpit or from a personal witness, a mysterious process begins to take place.
This process is a sovereign work of God.
This process is often hidden from the view of man.
Yet, this process results in changed lives and saved souls.
I would like to take these verses and share the message of this parable with you today.
It may not speak to everyone in this room, but there are some here who may get some help from these words of the Lord Jesus.
Let me share some of the processes that are involved in this business of sharing the Gospel, as I preach on The Parable Of The Growing Seed.
Please allow the Lord to speak to your heart today.
I. THERE IS A STEADY WORK-Vs.
A. Jesus depicts a farmer sowing seed into his field.
When he has sown the seed, he has done all that he can do.
He returns home and goes about his business.
The image of him sleeping and rising night and day is a picture of the farmer living his life.
He places the seed in the soil and then he leaves it to do what it will.
For the farmer this is a work of faith.
He does not return to the field every day to dig up the seed to see if it has germinated.
He may water the field.
He may remove the weeds.
He may keep the soil worked up, but he does not bother the seed.
After it has been planted, the farmer has no control over what the seed does.
He sows his seed and he leaves the results in the hands of God.
The farmer knows that the growth of the seed is God’s business.
Therefore, he sows it and trusts the Lord to make it grow.
The farmer’s task is to sow the seed.
When he has done that, he has fulfilled his primary duty.
B. There is a sense in which we are like that farmer.
We have been called to sow seed.
We have not been called to sow wheat seed into a plowed field, but we have been called to sow the Gospel seed into the hearts of other people.
28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8; Rom.
We have been sent into a lost and dying world to tell others about what Jesus has done for us.
You may not be a preacher, a missionary or a Pastor; but if you are saved, you have a testimony.
You have been saved by the grace of God and you have a story to tell.
We should be like the great examples we find in the Bible, a get busy telling others about Jesus, Ill.
Paul, 1 Tim.
1:12-15; The Blind man – John 9:25; The woman at the well – John 4:28-30.
When we share the Gospel with another person, we have no control over the results.
In fact, the results are not our worry.
Our duty is to sow the seed; the results are in the hands of the Lord.
C. We all worry about our efforts.
There is a temptation to check on the seed.
We want to help is to grow and check on its progress.
Our responsibility is to sow the seed, water it when we can and let the Lord do His work in hearts and lives.
Like the farmer in this parable, we should be faithful to tell a lost world about a saving Lord.
If you are a witness for the Lord Jesus, keep sharing His story with others.
He will honor your efforts.
If you aren’t sowing the seed as you should be, then I challenge you to make a personal commitment today to get busy doing what the Lord saved you to do.
THERE IS A SECRET WORK-VS.
A. As the farmer goes about his business, an amazing thing happens.
The earth that appears to be dead suddenly begins to show signs of life.
One day there is nothing in the field but dirt.
The next day there are little sprouts everywhere.
As the days pass the blade appears, then the ear is formed and, eventually, in the ear there is row upon row of corn.
How all of this happens is a complete mystery to the farmer.
All he did is sow some seed into the barren earth and now he is about to reap a harvest.
He cannot see or understand the process the seed is going through underground.
All He knows is that he is about to benefit from a secret work.
Modern science has made some amazing discoveries in our lifetimes.
Scientists can even take a seed apart and analyze its structure and composition.
They can also create a seed that is an absolute duplicate to a seed produced in nature.
Their seed had the same size, shape and chemical composition.
If you placed a seed made in a laboratory beside a seed produced in nature, you would not be able to tell the difference.
But, when those seeds are planted, the difference becomes clear.
Both seeds can be planted in good soil and both can receive plenty of sunshine and water, the seed produced in nature will germinate and grow.
The seed produced in the laboratory will merely rot away.
Why? Science has learned how to make a seed, but they have never learned to produce life!
Only God can do that!
The process involved in the transformation from seed to fruit is a work of God!)
B. No farmer, no scientist and no philosopher can clearly explain how a dead, dormant seed can produce life when it is buried in the soil.
Yet, within an hour of being sown, the outer husk of the seed begins to swell because it is drawing moisture from the soil.
Within 10 hours, the chemical makeup of the seed begins to change.
And, often, it is less than 24 hours time that the seed send a tiny root downward and the beginning of as stalk upward!
It is a puzzling mystery, yet the seed produces life within a short time.
Sowing the Gospel seed is the same way.
When it is sown into a prepared heart, it is a mystery, but that seed begins to germinate.
Sometimes in happens in minutes or hours.
At other times, it may take months or years, but there is life within that seed and it will begin to germinate within that heart.
When it does, life will issue forth.
This is the process we call conviction, John 6:44.
It is a puzzling mystery, how simple words, received into a human heart, can bring about so profound a change.
Yet, all those who have experienced it know the power of the Gospel when it touches the good soil of the heart!