What Can A Single Seed Do?

A seed.  Small.  Seemingly insignificant.  Forgotten.  But  filled with potential for growth.  For greatness.

  A single seed of corn can grow a huge stalk with one or two ears of corn.  A single ear of field corn can have as many as 700 seeds.  So, one seed reproduced itself 1400 times!  Incredible!

          Jesus said, “the seed is the Word of God” (Lk. 8:11).   Implanted in the heart of man it possesses the power and potential to convict, to change and to convert a sinner to Christ.

           Jesus spoke a parable about the smallest of seeds when he said,  “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field,   which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

           What was Jesus saying?  The beginning of the kingdom would be small and seem unimportant. In fact, Jesus Himself seemed that way to the world.  Born to a poor family. Lived in a small, insignificant village. No formal education.  No political connections. Followers who were “nobodies.’

          Yet, from modest beginnings came great growth.  A seed planted in the hearts of the apostles emboldened them to courageous and fearlessly preach Christ.  In fact, it is said ‘they turned the world upside down.”  A seed planted in the hearts of Jewish converts, Samaritans, and Gentiles has blessed the world.

          Don’t diminish what one person can do.  A thought acted upon. A word spoken. A deed done. That little seed sown. Or shared.  Just may encourage another to keep on going. Or motivate someone to follow through on a good idea.  Or inspire a person to higher aspiration to do more than they ever thought possible.

          A single thought has the potential to change the course of history, create a fortune or change a life. An anonymous author once wrote, “Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.”

          On this day let us allow the seed of God’s Word to be implanted into our hearts. Our minds. Our emotions.  Our souls.  And give it the opportunity to germinate.  And grow.  Water and fertilize it.  And who knows what may result? A huge stalk that reproduces itself with fruit 1400 times over!     

          And may that seed that is within you manifest itself in obeying truth. A purified life. And a love of your brethren.  As Peter penned, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.”

          Could I hear an Amen? 

              —Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


Filed under Bible, Worship

2 responses to “What Can A Single Seed Do?

  1. Good point about the power of multiplication. God bless in your work!

  2. Brian Dillman

    Reminds me of a song by Anne Stevens called The Apples In A Seed.

    The chorus reads, “Who can count the apples in a seed? Who can say how far the Word will go? Who can know the harvest of tomorrow? Who can count the apples in a seed?”

    Similar thoughts. I have been thinking about using the song as a basis for a sermon, looks like your words did that.

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