Our third illustration of the Kingdom:
Mark 4: 26 Jesus also said, "The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground.27 Night and day, while he's asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens.28 The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens.29 And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
I don’t like surprises that much. I was the kid who opened Christmas packages and re-wrapped them. I am the guy who doesn’t like mystery ingredients in food (especially onions). Yet, Jesus tells me that the center-piece of my life will be a mystery! God’s Kingdom is full of unexplainable growth because it happens from within just like a plant grows underground at the beginning. We must readily embrace the mysterious working of the hand of God. If we don’t we can get frustrated (because we don’t see it) or we can even try and help it along.
When our desire is to help God’s Kingdom along we must remember that we are just the farmer. We scatter and God grows the crop. God understands how we grow and that is enough. If you try to do God’s work you will end up with Genetically Modified Organism's. There is a lot of writing and worry about GMO’s in our farming today. Maybe there should be just as much about spiritual GMO’s. When we monkey with God’s work we put our fingerprints all over it. How did your mom react when you put your fingerprints all over something she was working on? Do not rob others of the blessing of God’s handiwork or they will grow only to your level (at best).
The process of Kingdom Growth isn’t visible at first - don’t get discouraged when you don’t see it. This will be true in you and in those around you. As you grow it will be in small increments and you may not see it until you occasionally look back at where you started. Don’t focus on measurements…focus on living your life in God’s Kingdom to the fullest. As you faithfully plant God’s Word in others don’t get caught up judging the success of your planting. Plant, plant, plant. Let God grow it at His pace. You may never see it. Don’t sweat it. Keep planting some more.
God’s Kingdom is mysterious. You and I will not always has the vocabulary or the vision to explain it our view it. Embrace the mystery!