Summary: We must give God time to allow us to mature and grow in the Kingdom of God.
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Pastor James May
THE SEED IS PLANTED, WHEN WILL THE HARVEST COME?
Mark 4:30-32, "And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it."
Before we can begin to reap, or even expect, a harvest is that the seed must first be planted. Planting of a seed can be used to describe many things in life, even in the formation of life itself. Without the seed nothing grows. But, if that seed is to grow there must be some outside forces reacting upon it to allow the natural course of events to continue.
For our nation to be formed, there was a seed of liberty that arose in the hearts of men and women of the 13 colonies that were under the rule of King George of England.
From that seed there sprang a revolution that ended in a great victory for the cause of liberty and we still dwell in the branches of that growing tree today. Even though many of the outer branches have begun to wither and die as our freedoms are slowly eroded and removed, we still have freedom because of that seed that began as only an idea in the mind of a few men.
A little over 75 years ago a little known American inventor, born of Russian descent named Vladimir Kosma Zworykin began to work for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. Over the next few years Mr. Zworykin became obsessed with the idea of inventing something that was called an iconoscope and succeeded in building it in 1923. Now the iconoscope was only half of what Mr Zworykin had dreamed of for he also began to work on an invention called a kinescope. The kinescope would eventually come to be known as the Cathode Ray Tube and in 1929, Mr. Zworykin revealed his great invention to whole world in a much publicized demonstration.
How many of you know what an iconoscope and a Cathode Ray Tube represent in our modern terminology? No many I imagine. And yet it is almost a sure thing that most of us will leave this service tonight and go to our homes. When we arrive at home one of the first things we will do is check out our iconoscope and kinescope that sits in our home – better known as our Television set. You see the iconoscope became the TV Camera for broadcasting and the Cathode Ray Tube became our TV Receiver. In 1932, Mr. Zworykin, working from a one inch square tube began to develop the color TV while working for RCA.
All of this came about because of the small seed of an idea in the mind of one man. Now, because of that idea, we all rest and watch “in the branches” of the “tree” that grew from that small mustard seed.
As you can see, from the small seed of an idea, great things can grow. And so it is with your faith in God and with the presence of the Kingdom of God within your heart.
Some of us have been in God’s Kingdom for a lot longer than others. The Tree of Faith that began as a spark in your spirit and a thought in your heart to surrender your life to Christ began as a very small thing, “a mustard seed” if you will.
It doesn’t take great faith to believe God for mighty miracles. It doesn’t take years of knowing Jesus, studying His Word and prayer to get to the place where you can see miracles performed in your life. It doesn’t take months of study, hours and hours of meditation upon the Word of God to see God move in your life and allow you to win souls to the Kingdom of God. All it takes is the “seed”, that smallest beginning of faith in God and you can see great and mighty things begin to come to pass.