Today, I was planting seeds for my garden. As I planted each seed, I was thinking about Matthew 13:3 – 8:
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: And forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
I realize that this is talking about planting the seed of truth in other people but… I couldn’t help but think about how our faith are seeds too. Our faith needs to be cared for to have any hope of growing from a tiny speck of a seed, onto something as large as a mustard tree, as talked about in Mark 4:30 – 32:
And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.
The Lord tills the ground for seeds that have been planted, but from there, we must properly take care of them:
1. If we do not give the seedlings Living Waters once spouted, our faith can wither and dry up; and if we do not keep the soil tilled and soft, then the soil can grow too hard and it will not be able to root, so our faith can easily be uprooted. We can do both by reading His Word and keeping it in our minds each and every day.
2. If we allow weeds to grow and rocks to remain (sin and worldly ways; anything that would distract us from Jesus), they can block out the Son’s Light, and the seeds will be lost in darkness.
May we all follow Jesus, and “…grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2nd Peter, 3:18