What Jesus Did! 'The Mystery of Seeds' — Mark 4:26-29

Saturday, March 9, 2024

Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he's asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come."
— Mark 4:26-29 NLT

Key Thought

The Kingdom of God on earth is progressing toward an end. While we don't fully understand all that goes on, we can be sure that the Kingdom is growing, and when it comes to full maturity, the harvest will come. There is movement and there is mystery, but ultimately, there is harvest. We also need to understand this about the Kingdom: The power of the Kingdom moves despite our lack of complete understanding of all that is happening in this work of God. One thing is certain, however; when all things are ready, the harvest will come. A question for us is whether or not we will be a part of this movement and mystery and grow as we should, to be ready for the harvest.

Today's Prayer

Lord God Almighty, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, God of Deborah, Esther, and Mary, I want you to be Sovereign Lord in my life. Just as clearly as you have worked in the history of Israel's past, I pray that you will work in your Kingdom now to your glory ... and may I be part of this movement and mystery of your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • 1 Corinthians 15:21-29
  • Colossians 1:13-14
  • Colossians 3:1-4


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Illustration of Mark 4:26-29 NLT — "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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