We must SOW the ‘SEED’ of GOD’s WORD in other people: "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." (Mark 4:26-29)
This parable is unique to the Gospel of Mark and teaches us the supernatural character of God’s kingdom in the lives of people during the entire stretch (from sowing to reaping). Even after two thousand years when Jesus spoke these words, we still do not fully understand how seed germinates and grows into a fully developed plant. In the similar manner, God’s kingdom is growing even though we do not fully understand all that is happening. However, what we can understand is that humans are responsible for sowing the kingdom message but only God can produce the desired effects. In the final analysis, the growth of God’s Kingdom is entirely the work of God alone!
This parable may be intended to encourage the disciples whose responsibility is to sow the seeds of God’s Word. It is through a mysterious and miraculous process that God’s Word will work in human hearts and produce the desired harvest (fruit) for God. When the grain is ripe, abundant crop that generates great joy can be harvested. In fact, the sowing of the seed of God’s Word is not expected to be easy, as we see the words of the Psalmist: "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He, who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." (Psalms 126:5-6)
The point of this parable is that God causes the gospel to bear fruit and His kingdom to grow. Just how He does these things we do not fully understand. By its very nature the kingdom will succeed because God alone is responsible for its success. In contrast with other parables that stressed either the beginning or the consummation of the kingdom, this parable highlights the active though invisible growth of the kingdom of God.
It is our job to sow the seed of God’s Word, and then God will make that seed germinate and produce an abundant harvest. Even a busy farmer must sleep and let God work! However, when the harvest is ready we must be alert and reap it (see John 4:35–38). We may think that our word or deed is very small, and what we speak hardly counts at all. Remember, God can take that seed that we have sown and nourish it until it is fully grown and has produced the intended harvest. Pray fervently and sow the seed of God’s Word faithfully so that it will produce its desired fruit one day!