Note: If you’re reading along in the NT, today we’ll read Mark 3. Today’s devotion is from Mark 4.
How do we “grow” spiritually? We want to love more, give more grace, stop sinning and shine brightly for Jesus. But how do those traits become apart of us?
“And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
– Mark 4:26-29 ESV
This is one of a few parables that Jesus tells in Mark 4. A parable is just a story that illustrates a spiritual truth. In the first parable of the chapter Jesus explained that the seed is God’s Word, the Bible.
How does Kingdom stuff grow in our hearts? Well, God grows it in our hearts. We don’t want to forget this. You can’t just make yourself love more this morning. But you do know the God who is love. And how does God grow this Kingdom stuff in you? What tool does he use? “The seed” which is his Word.
I want to grow in Jesus this year. I want to love him more and serve him better this time next year. I also know I can’t do that huge impossible work on myself. He has to do it! So I get myself before his Word and before him in prayer and let him grow the seed!
If you haven’t already, commit yourself to being involved in church, youth group, college group, small group, daily bible reading, or whatever ways you can get the Word in you this year.
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
– Isaiah 55:10-11 ESV
PS Comment if you have some thoughts to add!