The patience needed with the gospel

The patience needed with the gospel

Mark 4: 26-28 “He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

There are things that you can do, you can scatter the seed, you can spread the gospel, speak words of life and of hope. But that’s it. You can only do so much. You have to wait for the harvest.

The partnership with God involves waiting.

Digging the seed up to inspect it isn’t going to help.

“All by itself…” Without you God does the important work and you will never be able to explain it except it is a miracle of life.

First the stalk. That is all. There is no harvest. There is just a sign of a potential one.

The partnership with God involves waiting.

Second the bud shows. There has been growth. The seed has nearly accomplished its work. But try harvest now and it will be of no use. It is still too early.

The partnership with God involves waiting.

Finally the blossoming bud and yet even then there is a waiting time until it is fully ripened. At last the harvest has come and it is time for reaping.

Around your life there should be fields of stalks, buds showing, blossoming buds and ripened buds ready for harvesting and of course fields ready for the seed.

Out of your mouth comes the words of God, the seed, you may not think of it like that but it is true. You scatter all day long to everyone you meet. Wait patiently; the seed will do the work. God partners with what comes out of your mouth.

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