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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Then Jesus said, "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground. The seed begins to grow. It grows night and day. It is not important if the man is sleeping or awake; the seed still grows. The man does not know how the seed grows. Without any help, the ground grows grain. First the plant grows, then the head, and then all the grain in the head. When the grain is ready, the man cuts it. This is the harvest time."
— Mark 4:26-29 NLT
Illustration of Mark 4:26-29 NLT — "The kingdom of God is like a man that plants seed in the ground."

Key Thought

The Kingdom of God is progressing toward an end. While we may not fully understand all that goes on, we can be sure that it is growing, and when it comes to full maturity, the harvest will come. There is movement and 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 about all that is going on in this work of God. One thing is certain, however; when all things are ready, the harvest will come. The one question for us is whether or not we will be a part of this movement and mystery?

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 to your glory at your time ... 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


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.