Devotion – June 26, 2015 – The Seed

mark4_26-27And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
-Mark 4:26-29

How does the Kingdom of God grow?  We often feel responsible for growing the Kingdom of God, but Jesus is telling us that we don’t do the growing, that’s His job.  After all, it is “God’s” kingdom, not ours.  We can surely spread the seed of the Gospel, but it is God who works through His Word to create faith and grow His Kingdom.

What a relief it is for us!  We aren’t the ones who must convince people to have faith.  Once someone has faith, we can’t make them grow in their faith.  God does that.  And that work couldn’t be in better hands.

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for giving us Your Word and working through that Word to grow your kingdom.  Please forgive me for the times I didn’t trust you to do your work and tried to take Kingdom growth into my own hands.  Please cause Your Word to go forth throughout the world so that all may hear and believe.  And, as you taught us to pray, I pray that Thy Kingdom Come.

Amen

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