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March 27, 2006, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

When good seed is sown

By Pastor Al Jones, New Life Assembly, Cokato

Does it seem to you that life’s pace continues to pass you by? Do you find yourself envious of those who have “achieved?” Do you begin to question your own values, weighing them against the people who are part of your everyday life? These are some questions that are hard to ponder, but may give us a more realistic view of who we really are.

The society that we live in tends to lend itself to instant gratification. It becomes apparent in many of the people we see today. In fact, some may have a certain animosity (as slight as it may be) toward those who have decided to take a different path to fulfilling the “Great American Dream.” Those who have followed this transformation through have done so to bring their own priorities back into focus.

A similar form of “instant gratification” can affect the way that we view the way God works in our lives and the lives of others. Impatience of the believer can, in fact, hinder growth in many areas.

In Matthew 13, Jesus likened sown seed to the effectiveness of God’s work in the lives of us as His children. Verse 8 of that chapter reads, “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” The understanding of this verse is not only soil, but also time.

When good seed is sown by a farmer, it takes many days for the seed to show growth. This does not mean that because he does not see the growth that it is not happening. He trusts the soil to do what he cannot. Impatience cannot help the process.

In the same way, when we ask God to allow something that He has given us to grow in us, we cannot become impatient with the process. Many blessings from Him are lost because the time needed to complete the work was not completed.

This is also important when being a mentor to another. We must not allow impatience to rob the blessing God has in store for another. Jesus said in Mark 4:26-27, “And He said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how.’”

We may not understand what growth God desires to accomplish, whether in our lives or the life of another. He does ask us, however, to allow Him to make the change.

Allowing time for God’s purpose to accomplish itself means letting our lives be “good soil” for the seed sown. Let’s strive together to not allow the “instant gratification” of this life to affect the effectiveness of God’s purpose in us and in others. There is a time to “Be still and know that I am God...” Psalm 46:10.

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