How can reading the Word of God really change me and cause God’s life to come alive?
Mark 4:26, 27 – And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, (Verse 27) “and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.”
I don’t totally understand how you can put a tiny seed in the ground and have an entire stalk of corn come up with ears of corn on it and reproduce a hundredfold. I don’t think anyone fully understands it, but it works. Reading God’s Word and letting it begin to saturate you changes our attitudes, our experience, and our perceptions and motives as to why we do things.
Then Verse 28 says, “For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade then the head, after that the full grain in the head.”
The earth was made to incubate seed, and to germinate and release that life. Our hearts were made for the Word of God. God’s word was created to be placed in our hearts and be watered and nourished. We take the Word, make it a seed, and plant it in our heart by reading it. When we do that, our heart is designed to bring forth fruit of itself. It will automatically change the way things work in our life.
There are steps to growth and maturity. There are stages to receiving from God, and that’s what this parable is illustrating. First you start reading, then comes hope, and then faith, and then the results. There are always steps to victory. God’s Word has to be planted in your heart, and the growth will come in stages: first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear.
And then Verse 29 says, “But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
Eventually the time comes for fruitfulness and maturity. Too many times I hear Christians say, “God, whey don’t You do something?” He did. He provided everything we need through the atonement of Jesus Christ. He has produced His Word and given us all these seeds. It’s our job to sow them into our own hearts and help sow into others. He’s given us the Scriptures and it’s our job to meditate on them until they release life.
Start believing God’s Word and then act on it and watch how well things turn out for you!