Don’t mourn the seed

bean_seedIn Matthew 13, Jesus teaches about our response to him and his message of sacrificial salvation using sown seed:

“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.”

He then explains to his disciples that “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.” (Verse 23)

The thing about seed it that it must be buried, in the dark and out of sight, for a season before it produces new life. By the time the new green shoot appears out of the ground, the seed is gone. The value is not in the seed, but what grows from the seed.

Why would we mourn the seed? It has done its job. New life is present because it was buried.

Do you have a past? Have you experienced pain, rejection, loss, or shame? Did it lead you to change your perspective? Did it cause you to seek God? Are you seeking God now because you realized the old way won’t work? If so, the seed fell on good soil! Be prepared to grow.

I encourage you today to celebrate your new path, your new life, and don’t mourn the seed, your past. Jesus offers new life, forgiveness of sin without condemnation, a new start. Celebrate — you are dearly loved and a mighty crop is on the way! Here’s how Jesus summarizes it:

“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. (John 15:5 MSG)


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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