In Mark 4:26-29 Jesus tells the disciples that the Kingdom grows by faith. A farmer sows seeds into the ground and then goes off to tend to other things. This farmer has faith that the seeds will germinate and grow to be what they should be. When he comes to check on the field he finds a crop has started to grow. What he planted sprouted, and developed, into mature plants. The farmer was not surprised because he expected growth. He did not find a different crop to what he had planted. A farmer grows what he plants and when it is ready for harvest he brings it into his store.
What do you sow? How do you sow? Where do you sow? The answers to these questions will define what you harvest. There is a parable of the farmer that sows seed and it falls onto different ground, that same seed is sown with the same potential to grow into the same plant that will bear fruit. The difference is where the roots were grounded, what soil the seed landed on. We so often focus on the seed in this parable, but you have to ask yourself, what is the soil of my heart like? Can a seed grow in the faith found in your heart? Or will the lack of faith hinder it from finding a place to root? Is your heart hard and stubborn, or broken and soften? Seeds take root quickly in soft, humble soil that is positioned in the Son.
Your thoughts are seeds. If you speak negative thoughts, and entertain negative ideas, you are likely to yield a negative crop. Speaking words of truth and hope yield a positive crop that can feed many. This is not mind over matter, new age talk, this is the truth. We have a mind that is very powerful and what your mind believes fuels your actions, thoughts, and your beliefs. If you have faith, then you act faithfully. We speak failure before we even fail, we put ourselves down before we even try to get up. What do you feed your mind? What are you allowing your mind to think about, ponder on, or believe? Do you listen to the lies of satan or allow ungodly advise to make your decisions? John 14:23 should be ringing in your ears right now! Your mind feeds your heart and actions, this means you need to GUARD your mind and the best way to do that is to meditate on the Word of the Lord, to GUARD His Word, to put on the armour of God, to believe in John 14:23 and claim it as truth so that you will live it.
Ezekiel 3:1-6 is a powerful piece of scripture. God commands Ezekiel to EAT the scroll that God gives him (His Word) so that it is within Ezekiel. We need to eat the Word of God, the Bread of Life. When you eat something it is chewed over, then digested and becomes part of the blood, it feeds the body and nourishes the mind. When we take the Word and eat it, it becomes part of our being, part of whom we are and brings about an intimacy with YHWH. We will come to understand the plan and purpose that God has for our lives. (Mark 4:25). When we were young our parents and teacher would always tell us not to play with our food – don’t muck around with the Word of God. When you feed your body wholesome food, we are healthy. When you eat lots of unwholesome food you are uncomfortable, sluggish and not in the best shape. The same applies to feeding your mind with things that are good, wholesome and true.
Ephesians 3: 17, “And I pray that Jesus Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love.”
Galatians 6:9 “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t be discouraged and give up for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”