by Yewande Olamiju
Reading from my primary 5 science textbook that a bean seed will grow in just under three days was a science experiment I was eager, extremely eager to try out. The biggest downer was that I had to wait for three whole days. In addition to this torturous waiting (as it seemed to a then nine year old) I had to maintain the right conditions to ensure growth.
Jesus likens the word of God to seed which is sown and then grows (Mark 4:14). We sow the word of God in the hearts of loved ones as we share the gospel of Jesus with them (Matt 28:19, Acts 8:27-40, Rom 10:13-14, 2 Cor 5:19-20).
A grain of corn takes a few days to grow and push up through the soil, so as we share the word of God with others we need to remember that seeds grow IN TIME. We don’t uproot the seeds we’ve already planted through our impatience with God’s timing and schedule. We sow in faith knowing that He has said that it is His will, His desire that all men should come to repentance and He has made us partakers in this work of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:20, Matt 28:19). As we share His love with others we pray for a door of utterance. We pray for effectual communication of the grace of God. We pray that the word be mixed with faith in those who hear us.
There was a time when you and I were once blind to the word of God, we could not see past our noses, we couldn’t see past the sunday school stories we heard as children, we couldn’t see past the letters on the pages of the Bible and then God opened the eyes of our heart. He commanded the light to shine out of darkness.
It may seem that we’ve prayed and preached and still our loved ones remain unsaved, still they remain deaf and blind to the grace and mercy of God, not caring, not listening to the alarm we’re sounding about the grace of God availabale to all men and His judment of God on those who reject His grace (Rom 6:23, John 3:18). But this is not the time to give up or berate them. This is not the time to grow weary in sharing the gospel.
Don’t resent family and friends who are still unbelivers just because they are still ignorant. Don’t lash out in frustration because they don’t seem to understand that what is at stake is their very lives. Don’t thumb your nose at them in a holier-than-that attitude. Teach, teach and keep teaching (2 Tim 4:1-5).
It’s time to awake others. It’s time to quit murmurring, to quit complaining about their sleep of death. It’s time to sound the alarm, herald the coming of the Lord Jesus and keep the sounding the alarm.
Sow the seed of the word of God and wait in prayer for God to fulfill His word. Keep on praying because remember in time seeds grow.