January 22, 2015

Mark 4_27

Mark 4:21-34

We speak often of planting seeds for faith in others who do not yet know Jesus, or who need to renew their relationship with him. We remind ourselves that our call is to be faithful, not successful. It is the Spirit of God who brings forth fruit. This is what today’s parable of the seed growing secretly tells us. We cast our seeds of grain or faith. They fall on a person’s ears, or directly on the whole person when we speak kind and encouraging words, or lend a gracious helping hand. Who knows if or when they may give glory to God because of our good and loving deeds. Matthew 5:16.

Farmers know the harvest is in God’s hands, so they pray diligently for harvest, doing what they must; plow, sow, cultivate, pray, and wait. Wait for it, wait for it. That is the hard part, waiting for God to act in his time. But we have the promise that his word and our works done in his name will produce what he wants, in his time, kairos time. Isaiah 55:11 Then we are there for the harvest God has produced, gathering them into the family of faith.

Prayer: Lord God almighty, may we trust the power of your word to produce faith as we live faithful, grace-filled lives for you. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner,
Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.

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