Discipleship

The Seed

God instructs us to learn lessons from everyday life. One of this is the lesson from the seed: how it falls to the ground, dies, decays, germinate, and begins the cycle of another life in a new plant. As you can see, the seed has many spiritual parallels on how God works in our lives.

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What Is a Seed?

A seed is an embryonic plant enclosed in a protective outer covering called the seed coat, usually with some stored food (Wikipedia). It is a unit of reproduction that contains all the genetic information required to reproduce its own kind.

Seeds come in different shapes and sizes. Each type has a different requirement in order to sprout and grow. To germinate, some seeds prefer warm, dry environments, while others require environments that are cold and moist. Some seeds will germinate quicker than others. There are seeds that will germinate in less than five days, while others will take up to several months—or even years!

Important elements needed to grow.

Water is important to all life forms, including plants. Water triggers some seeds to germinate. At baptism, when one is immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit – a new life begins.

Light is essential for photosynthesis, a process where the plant starts to produce its own food. The light also helps to show the plant which way is up. The Psalmist states: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105) The light of God’s Word reveals the path that leads to eternal life.

Soil is vital to the growth of the plant as this is where all the nutrients are synthesized. A good soil type will provide a good foundation for the plant to grow. The deeper the roots, the stronger the plant will become. A believer is encouraged in Colossians 3:7 to be firmly rooted up and built in Christ.

Time is another crucial element in the process of germination. Some seeds need more time to grow into a plant while other seeds need only a few days. In our lives, we need to remember that it takes time to grow, to develop, to change, and to become victorious. When things are not the way you wanted it to be, extend your patience. According to Joyce Meyer, “patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while waiting”.

Temperature is critical in the germination process. If a seed is dislodge and placed in an environment that is not ideal in terms of temperature, the seed may not even sprout or may experience stunted growth. Sadly, many believers today have a “temperature” problem. In Revelation 3:15-16, Christ warns about being “lukewarm”, a condition of being neither cold nor hot. If we became complacent and remain lukewarm, He could spit us out of His mouth and we are at risks of losing our blessed inheritance.

God gave each one of us the ability to grow and all the possibilities to develop and succeed. It’s entirely up to us how we grab this opportunity and become what God wants us to be.

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“Life was a bloody battlefield until I conquered the enemy and won the war. Now, life is a journey, and I am a warrior. Prepared for anything and weakened by nothing. There are hills and dales, mountains and plateaus, blind spots and brilliant vistas, but none of that matters. All that matters is my second chance, and the only thing capable of disrupting my path, is myself.” ― B.G. Bowers, Death and Life

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