Of Seeds and Men


James 1:2-4

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

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1 Peter 1:6-8

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

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The other day I was planting seeds, seeds form of some of the native desert plant, plants which are more drought resistant. I had gathered seed pods and let them open broadcasting the seeds all over my office. On examining the seeds I noticed they were slippery and waxy. The only way they would germinate would be if I tumbled them in sand. Then while planting the seed something came to mind.

Men seem to be a hard nut to crack. Let me tell you something about nuts (seeds). Some of the species of pine cannot reproduce without the pine cones being burned in a fire so that it can open and release its seeds in the air. Other seed, especially of desert plants cannot germinate unless they have been rolled and tumbled in the desert sand, some seeds need to go through the digestive tracts of animals in order to germinate. Generally speaking the poor little seed has gone through a rough trial in order to germinate and start new life. But without their rough and tumble start, they couldn’t get rid of the protective coatings on their exterior that isolate them from the life giving soil which allows them to germinate as they were meant to do to start a new life.
Such are some men; the protective coating of the world isolates them from God’s plan for their life. And God will do to them what He does to the little seeds to get them to germinate and start a new life in Him. The only other thing needed is the fertile soil of the Word.
Pastor Ken