|Monday, July 12, 2021|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
hen Jesus said to them, ďIf you canít understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? 14 The farmer plants seed by taking Godís word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they donít have deep roots, they donít last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing Godís word. 18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear Godís word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept Godís word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!Ē Mk 4: 13-20
The late Bible teacher Myles Munroe once said whatever you give to the woman she multiplies, give them ingredients they will give you soup, give them sperm, they will give you a child, give them frustration and you will have a basket of troubles! The question the Holy Spirt is asking you today is what have you done with the seed? Seed could be a natural endowment, talent, physical or material things such as money, position , power.
In the first category, Jesus said there is a sower going around with a seed. He narrated the story above to show what the heart of man can do with a seed. He said no matter how precious a seed is when someone is given, he can be careless with it and allow Satan or external forces to take it away in a blink of an eye.
The Holy Spirit is saying when you are given an opportunity and you fail to utilize it you abuse the seed. You waste the seed. Giving an excuse of Satan taking away your seed does not solve the problem. Seed can come like an idea, a suggestion, recognize it, value it and donít let external influence take it away from you. As a young boy in 1976, I was given admission to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University. In those days in Nigeria, when you secure admission to the University your name is published in the daily news papers. When mine was published a colleague who was a final year student of Yaba Tech (a technical college)advised me not to go.
She had been told that UNIFE has a characteristic of deliberately failing her students or subject them to extra years before they can finish. Thank God I did not allow Satan to take away that admission seed from me. I went to UNIFE, I got born again, I got my BSc and Msc. in Chemical Engineering in record time and God also gave me a beautiful and godly wife! What are you doing with your seed?
Jesus said there is a second category of seed receivers: the seed misusers- ďThe seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 But since they donít have deep roots, they donít last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing Godís word.Ē
An example of this category are people whom God gave spouses, position, power, and they failed to learn what it takes to manage what they are given. They spend a lot on their wedding day. A lot of joy and dancing and forget about marriage. They forget that two human beings with different characteristics, idiosyncrasies, mannerisms and probably different cultures are coming together and it will take patience, prayer, love, meekness, long-suffering and wisdom to remain together.
They fail to see the other person as a seed from God to better their lot. The Lord God said, ďIt is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.ĒGen 1:12. The Chidren God gave you are seeds to cement your marriage irrespective of their sexes. My wife and I are blessed with five daughters, but by the time the fifth child came I almost lost my marrage. Thank God I didnít.
If you can realize that as a teacher you are a seed to raise many generations of seeds you will be committed to the lives of those chidren.
Every seed matters, every student matters. In Nigeria of today, students are persecuted, daily kidnapped, raped, farmers are killed and a nation that does not value its seed is allowing carnage to thrive. Legislators who should be the seed to make laws to help the nation are politically biased, beclouded with bribery and refuse to see the future, they waste away the nation by making laws that do not help the nation. The judiciary that should give the seed of justice pervert justice especially during elections. the nation burns. The executive Adem they has the seed of governance does not allow it to grow and the nation is saturated with unemployment, that leads to youth becoming vagabonds, yahoo boys,kidnappers armed robbers, rapists bandits and Boko Haramist. Whatever position you have today itís a seed - what are you doing with that seed.
To be continued.