I am going to talk to you today about seeds. A seed is something that you plant in the ground. Then the seed grows into a plant or a tree. All plants and trees have seeds. Oranges have seeds, cucumbers have seeds, and plants have seeds. God created it that way. In the book of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God said about seeds: “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:11-12).
A seed must be planted in the ground and die before it will grow
Jesus tells us in John 12:24 that if a seed is planted it must first die if you want to see the seed grow into a plant or a tree. Now we can all understand that you have to plant a seed in soil (also called the ground or the earth) if you want to see a plant grow. A seed needs soil (or earth) to grow. And because God man man out of the earth man also carries a seed in him so that people can have children.
A seed also needs water, and light, and air (or oxygen) in order to grow. Paul tells us that the Word of God is like a seed, he says: “I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow.The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building.” (1 Corinthians 3:6-9).
So just because I am a white man doesn’t mean I cannot be the Pastor of Somali Christian Ministries. It is not important who does the teaching or preaching or who plants the seed. What is important is that God is the one who makes the seed grow. And just because I don’t speak Somali doesn’t mean I can’t tell Somalis in English about the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation that comes to us from believing that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead to give us eternal life – eternal life means that we will live with God and Jesus forever in heaven.
Jesus said a seed must die before it will grow. And that is how seeds work. A seed is made up of outer skin called a coat and the inside part of the seed. Once a seed is planted in the ground the outer skin or coat cracks and dies. Then the inside of the seed starts to grow roots and a plant or a tree begins to grow. But unless the seed dies the plant or tree will not grow. And if the plant or tree grows it will produce many more seeds so that other plants and trees can grow too.
Seeds can stay alive for a long time
Some seeds can stay alive for thousands of years. And Jesus said that the Bible also called the Word of God is like a seed. So when you tell someone else about Jesus and what He has done for you, you are planting a seed into their hearts. Don’t be sad if you plant a seed in someone’s heart and then that someone doesn’t accept Jesus Christ into their hearts right away, it will take time.
This is what Jesus said about planting the seed of the Word of God into someone’s heart: “One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him:”A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it.Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture.Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants.Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!”When he had said this, he called out,”Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
His disciples asked him what this parable meant.He replied,”You are permitted to understand the secretsof the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.’
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word.The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation.The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity.And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.” (Luke 8:4-15).
Jesus told us to plant the seeds of God’s word in people’s hearts. And I have been doing that for over 20 years to the Somalis. I have been planting thousands of seeds into theirs of thousands and thousands of Somalis and one day there is going to be a great harvest. We already see Somalis accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and getting baptized, and going to church. We plant the truth about Jesus in someone’s heart, we pray for them, we encourage them, and it is God who makes the seed grow. We need to be patient and to wait.
The Bible says in Psalm 40:1 “I waited patiently for theLord…”
If you have a Word from the Bible or a Word from God to give to someone, plant it gently in their hearts. Keep praying for that seed to grow. God will give the increase.