Be a Seed…
Grains are an essential part of our life. We feed on grains for our existence. We eat grains like rice, wheat, maize, etc in different forms to sustain our lives in the forms of rice, bread, flour, oats, cereals, etc. and when consumed they provide nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and energy needed for our body.
Grains as you know are the fruit of crops such as paddy plant, wheat plant, etc. they are short lived and yield fruit or harvest once in their lifetime of 3-6 months. By this short time they produce fruit or grains and the farmers yield the grains by the process of harvesting. They not only harvest the grains, but also cultivate the grains for the future harvest.
Thus the grains are not only the fruits, but also the seed of the plant. When we study botany we understand fruit of a plant is actually the embryo of a plant. The seed is encapsulated in the fruit of the plant. The seed is the embryo which has all the capabilities to become a new plant and the fruit is the food provided for the seeds to grow. We find the seeds in almost all fruits such as apples, oranges, plum, pear, grapes, etc., but we remove the seed and throw in trash while we consume the fruit of the plant! Like the fruits, grains are also a fruit with the seed encapsulated in it called the ‘endosperm‘ of the grain. Isn’t it amazing to know the trees and plants we see around were once a tiny seed encapsulated in a fruit! How wonderfully did God create the plants and trees! Such small seed, but capable to bring out a whole new tree out of it.
As said grains are food to us, but they are the fruit of the crops with a seed in it to bring another same sort of plant out of it. We need to understand the difference between fruit and seed. A fruit is as said is the food for the seed. A fruit itself without seed can never bring another plant out of it. But the seed, which is encapsulated within it, what we consider of no value and throw in trash is able to raise a whole new plant out of it and to yield thousands of fruits out of it! The seeds may appear small, ugly, bitter and of no value before human eyes, but the truth is the seed has a greater potential in it to bring out another plant of its own.
When a fruit is planted in the ground, it undergoes a lot of changes. First the fruit start to decay in contact with the soil and it completely loses its texture, appearance and form. The sweet aroma of the fruit turn to horrible stink. In a few days the fruit won’t be fruit anymore as it completely decomposes into ‘manure‘ a medium for the seed to grow. The seed undergoes a lot of changes and the seediest no longer a seed, but slowly emerges out into a new plant by forming small roots which go into the soil for nutrients and water and bring out a new plant above the ground forming a small stem and bringing out leaves followed by flowers and fruits! A small fruit thus become in such a form to yield thousands of fruits out of it!
This is why Jesus said- “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (John 12:24 NIV)
God had sent his son Jesus as a seed into this world to die for the sins of mankind and Jesus did it by sacrificing His own life by giving the very last drop of his blood of His body on the Cross of Calvary. He bore our sins on Him and died bringing out salvation for the whole mankind. Like a kernel of wheat put on the ground that decays and form into a new plant Jesus bore our sins and died and brought out a new plant of redemption of sins and salvation! Those who repent their sins and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life by believing in the heart and declaring by mouth their sins are forgiven. Those who had this salvation are the grains or the fruits formed from Christ the Saviour plant.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ (John 3:16 NIV)
‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.’ (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)
‘He (Jesus) came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1:11-13 NIV)
Today to those who have born again, the new grains you have a duty to do. Like how you earned the salvation of your sins through Christ Jesus you need to spread this gospel to many those who haven’t heard about this wonderful Saviour Jesus. Like the kernel of wheat planted on the ground and undergo several transformations by decaying and deforming its state of a kernel of wheat to a plant you may decay and become deformed by undergoing persecutions in life and you may have to sacrifice the whole of yourself do not worry for God is with you. As the kernel of wheat becomes a new plant you will be turned into a new plant and yield many grains (lives of many) for the glory of God’s name. God asks the same question today, will you become like the kernel of wheat that became a plant and yielded many grains or will you stay back as a kernel of grain itself?
‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”’ (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
Therefore let’s surrender ourselves completely before God, take out all our outward nature, appearances, images and labels before God and humble ourselves before God, for when you and me were put forth for an ever death situation under yoke of sin and nobody was able to save us from our sins, offences, inequities and transgressions, Jesus who lived in whole splendour and glory in heaven came down disregarding all the glory and comfort of heaven into this wretched world and sacrificed himself on the cross of Calvary so that we who believed were brought out from the death of sin to everlasting life. Now we have the responsibility to spread this good news to the lives of many who lives under the yoke of sin. We have the responsibility to spread the gospel and gain those dying not knowing Jesus Christ, the one and only true God and Saviour Jesus Christ. As Christ rejected himself all the comforts, splendor and glory and became poor to reach us, we need to humble down our images and appearances and be willing to be a seed to be planted as the kernel of wheat and bring a fruitful plant, let’s spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and gain many souls for Christ for not to glorify our name, but for the glory of the name of God!
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:5-8 NIV)
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV)
Like how the grains collected from different plants be harvested and mixed together and processed to form the bread, oats, cereals, rice, etc. for the satisfaction of hunger of many let’s be the grains to bring out many grains and satisfy the spiritual hunger of many around us. Let’s be a seed that sowed in that good land, rather than the fruit itself to bring out many fruits out of us.
‘Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”’ (Mark 4:30-32 NIV)
‘He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”’ (Matthew 13:31-32 NIV)
‘Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”’ (Matthew 13:3-9 NIV)
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” (Matthew 13:18-23 NIV)