In Mark chapter four, verses 26 through 29, Jesus says, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come.”
These verses are a reminder to us that we can help to spread the message of Christ by our testimony even though we may not understand sometimes how many people it is reaching, or in what way our message travels.
The first thing that we can do is try to live our lives by emulating Jesus Christ and his universal love for all. When we reach out with our hearts to his righteousness and connect to his benevolence it brings us closer to him, and this shows in our behavior. When we make it known that we are a follower of Jesus, and our behavior reflects this, it can inspire other people to become followers of Christ as well, and accept the Salvation he offers for our souls through repentance and forgiveness of our transgressions.
Jesus reminds us in the verses above that just as we don’t understand how the seed grows in the ground and produces the ripening grain, we have no idea how many people our lives lived in obedience to the teachings of Christ may reach. Just like the farmer in these verses, we plant the seed because it is part of who we are as people once we accept Christs Salvation and die to self, becoming part of the body of Christ.
Christ asks his disciples to testify to the Salvation offered through him as a way of showing their love for him. He wants all of his followers to do the same thing, and to model in their behavior the ways that Christ would act and respond to situations instead of acting out of our own self-will and ego-motivated behaviors. Instead, in the verses above he promises us that if we plant the seed of our testimony it will spread out and produce saved souls that come home to Christ in the end. We may not witness it directly, but by living our testimony we will be planting the harvest that Christ and God so desperately want, a harvest of love and souls to accompany them to our heavenly home.
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