This spring we had a chance to plant corn seeds with a farmer in our community. While we were planting the seeds he seemed to give great attention to the depth of the seed in the soil, the amount of fertilizer being used, and even the location the seeds were planted. Finally, after all the seeds were planted we looked at the field together and wondered… Will the seeds grow?
Five years ago I sat down with a friend who had all but given up on the Faith. I tried to plant some gospel seeds in him. I kept thinking… Is this too weak or am I being too aggressive? – planting too deep or too shallow. Was I saying the right things? – planting in the right location. Finally, when we parted ways I even tried to give some final words of encouragement in an attempt at fertilizer. After the conversation was over I looked at him and wondered… Will the seeds grow?
Many of us wonder at the viability and prospects of planting gospel seeds and doing ministry. We think… Will any of these seeds every grow? We try so hard to plant the seed right, in our attempt to make their growth maximally viable. We look at the people we are ministering to in Jesus Name like I looked at my spiritually dead friend or the brown soil field and doubt. We have a hard time remembering and believing that seeds grow, not because of our power but because of God. God makes seed grow and God makes the labor of planting seeds never in vain and always viable in His power.
We are reminded by the Apostle Paul, ” 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. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service…” (1Co 3:6-9 NIV)
What is your seed sowing ministry? Business? Education? Working with youth and children? Intercessory prayer? Discipleship and small groups? Parenting? Missional communities? Remember that God will make your seeds grow. Don’t give up. Trust in faith that the one who made seeds to grow will do just that in the field in which you labor. It may not happen right away, but be sure of this… seeds grow!