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Planting The Seed

My dad was a farmer like his grandfather, great-grandfather and the rest of his ancestors. I grew up on the farm and loved it. We planted at least an acre garden every year near my grandmother’s house. It was hard work to get it ready. My job was to drop the right amount of seeds in each hole. The seeds were covered then water was placed on the covered mounds.

My father and I checked for weeds every week. When a sprout came up, I knocked the dirt off so it could grow. Weeks later, the empty space was growing into a garden. Soon, it would be time to harvest the goodies from the seeds.

In Mark 4:26-28, Jesus compares spreading the gospel to planting a garden. He says, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”

As believers, we should plant a seed everywhere we go. Paul set a great example for us. In 1 Corinthians 3:6-7, he describes this process saying, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

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