When does a mystery end? When the puzzle is solved. When the case is closed. When what is on the inside/hidden is visible/revealed.
Back to our text from yesterday’s Kingdom Parable: 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.”
There comes a time when that first blade/leaf pushes through the dirt and reveals what has been happening all along. Doubts can live up until that time but when you see the green leaf you know that life has burst forth.
Yes, the way that God grows and stretches us is a mystery. Much of it does take place from the inside/out. Often we do not see tangible results until we have patiently waited and endured. However, the mystery of God’s Kingdom growth is revealed in the bearing of fruit. This fruit is two-fold.
Kingdom Fruit happens when we sow God’s Word faithfully. Over time, that Word accomplishes something in the life of the one whom with it has been shared. You and I may not see it. We may not even remember sharing it…but fruit is born to the Glory of God. It seems a mystery to the entire world but God could show us the very moment the ‘seed was sown’ and show us every intricate detail of the ‘under the surface’ growth if He desired us to see it...
Individual Kingdom Fruit happens when God’s Word produces a harvest within us. That harvest may simply be righteousness (right-living in God’s Way). That harvest may specifically be the out-growth of spiritual gifts or ‘fruits of the Spirit’ listed in Galatians 5: 22-23. Either way, God’s mysterious growth plan is revealed when we bear fruit.
There is another way to see the harvest spoken of in this text…until tomorrow if the Lord allows.