Planting the seed
Pastor Ron Peterson, Grace Apostles Lutheran Church, Cokato
After a long cold winter, it sure is refreshing to get the first warm days of spring.
Geese and ducks again have arrived in our pond behind our home, robins are searching for food in our yard and preparing their nest for the coming summer. Farmers are getting ready to start preparing the soil for planting of the seeds, corn, soy beans, wheat and any other seeds they may plant. It is a wonderful time of the year.
In the same way, God our Heavenly Father wants to prepare our cold heart to be a recipient of His seed. As Jesus says, “the seed is the Word of God” (Luke 8:11). Also, Luther writes, “First of all there is God’s Word. After it, follows faith” (Luther’s Works, vol. 36, p. 39).
In order to receive faith, we have to hear the Word. “So faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17) Our relationship with God comes through the seed of the Word, which is revealed through the Holy Spirit.
As the farmer plants the seeds, he waits for the rains to come to water the seeds, for them to grow, and grow abundantly. In the same manner, God waters the seed of His living Word, causing that seed to bring forth repentance, faith, and fruits of love.
In Hebrews, it says, “For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briars, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.” (Hebrews 6:7-8)
This Easter season, let us look to the Cross, and see through eyes of faith what Christ has completed for sin-fallen man, by the seed of His Living Word. Jesus’ death on the cross sanctified us, freeing us from sin, and making us holy.
Again, the writer of Hebrews states, “Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to sanctify the people by His own blood.” (Hebrews 13:12 NRSV). Through God the Father’s resurrection power, we received these gifts when Christ was raised victorious from the dead.
So, when we see the farmer planting the seeds this spring, let us be reminded that the most important seed planted is that living seed of the Word planted into our heart.