Almost everyone has heard the comment, “It’s about as exciting as watching grass grow.” Believe it or not, for some people that is quite exciting. After the plumbers dug up my lawn and repaired my sewer, they left a big ugly scar of clay. I am trying to reseed it with bluegrass. For about 3 weeks I have watered the seed twice a day and added better soil. Nothing! Then one morning I saw the faint green of the new blades of grass—very exciting!
In his letter to the Corinthians the apostle Paul describes a similar growth in the spiritual realm, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.” ( 1 Cor 3:6-7) He is talking about the growth of Christians and the church. Very much like the physical seeds, the spiritual ones involve the human element, but they cannot really produce the desired change within either one. Jesus spoke of the potential growth of seeds in some of His parables. The very small mustard seed could grow into a huge plant. ( Mt 13:31-32) He compared the seed to the message of the gospel and the good soil to one with a pure heart. ( Mt 13: 23) In the great commission He commanded His apostles to plant the seed through preaching and water it through teaching which would produce new disciples. ( Mt 28:18-20)
As faithful followers of Christ, we need to nourish the seeds after He has brought forth the transformation. We can best do this by “teaching them to obey everything that I (Jesus) have commanded you.” ( Mt 28:20) This would surely include the words that He gave to the Holy Spirit to inspire. ( Jo 16:13-15) Thus we teach new disciples to obey the foundational doctrine of the apostles and prophets, ( Eph 2: 20) They, in turn were writing words that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit desired. ( 2 Pe 2:20-21) As Christians obey this, they will see God giving the increase. Seed producing new seed. ( 1 Cor 3: 6-7)
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