Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Power of a Seed!

Someone told me recently of an excavation which unearthed a cache of sealed items from 4000 years ago which included some dried seeds. The seeds were taken to a horticulture center where they were planted in soil and watered. Amazingly, those seeds sprouted after being dormant for over 4000 years. God put the power of life into a seed. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself.” (The life in the seed produces the fruit of its kind.) Genesis 1:11

I love the principle of life that is in the seed. I believe in sowing good seed. I have never questioned the ability of the seed to produce. This principle applies to prayer, to sharing God’s Word with others, and to giving in every aspect of life.

Jesus spoke of the parable of the growth of the seed in Mark 4:26-29. He said, “so is the Kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground.” The first step toward a harvest is the sowing of the seed into the ground. The seed is not for eating, but it is for sowing. God has given every one of us something that we can cast forth. Maybe its just a kind word or a gentle touch. Maybe it’s something personal or something out of your possessions or your time. We have all been given seeds to sow. Only a selfish or self-centered person is unable to release any seed for fear that they will lose what they sow. In verse 27 Jesus states that “the seed should spring and grow up.” He knows the power of the seed! It’s destiny is to grow!

My pastor friend, Rick Van Hoose told me of a man in his church who was a large farmer. The man had purchased $30,000 worth of seed. His land was flooded and all of his seed was destroyed by the flood. The man went to his bank to ask for a loan to replace the seed. The bank without hesitation gave him a check for $30,000 because they know the power of the seed!

This month of our Missions Conference we will once again witness the power of the seed. We will see and hear reports of what God has done through the seed that we have planted through the years into missionaries throughout the world. The Kingdom of God has been largely expanded through the seeds we have planted into the works done by these missionaries. I look forward to our 25th Annual World Missions Conference, October 16-19! Sow the seeds of prayer for this conference!

-Pastor Virgil Amundson