Mark 4:26, 27 - Sowing in Faith and the Spiritual Mystery of Sowing Seeds.

Mark 4:26, 27 (NKJV) And He said, "The 
kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on 
the ground, 27 and should sleep by night and 
rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, 
he himself does not know how.  

Mark 4:26, 27 (NIRV) Jesus also said, 
Here is what God's kingdom is like. A farmer 
scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day the 
seed comes up and grows. It happens whether the 
farmer sleeps or gets up. He doesn't know how it 

Mark 4:26, 27 (NLT) Jesus also said, The 
Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on 
the ground. 27 Night and day, while hes 
asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he 
does not understand how it happens.  

Mark 4:26, 27 (MSG) Then Jesus said, "God's 
kingdom is like seed thrown on a field by a man 27 
who then goes to bed and forgets about it. The 
seed sprouts and grows - he has no idea how it 


Only Mark records the parable of the Growing 
Seed. It illustrates the same truth spoken to 
Nicodemus in regard to the operation of the Holy 
Spirit (see John 3:8). In this parable Christ says 
that if the seed of the kingdom is but given a 
chance in the life, it will produce its harvest of 
good. Men may not be able to explain how the 
process of Christian growth and character 
transformation takes place, but it goes forward 
nevertheless. [SDA Bible Commentary] 

God promises that his harvest will be 
magnificent and prolific - the best fruit ever grown. 
Your witness may be weak and your efforts may 
seem to influence so few, but the Word of God is 
a powerful growth agent. Keep your eyes on the 
great harvest to come and don't let bad soil or 
weeds discourage you from faithful service and 
witness. [Life Application SB] 


   Jesus teaches that you and I are like 
farmers. One of our roles is to sow seeds. Most often 
we do it without even realizing it. For 
instance, a mother sows seeds by caring for her home 
and for little people as she goes about her 
normal routines. Those seeds take root and sprout 
and grow in the lives of her kids. I see 
evidence of this in my granddaughters' lives when 
they cradle and dress their dolls in the same 
manner that their mother cares for their younger 
   A pastor or parent sows seeds of love for 
God's Word. My mother sowed these into my life 
when she sat at the kitchen table and prepared 
her lessons for the women's Bible study she 
attended. Folks who clean up after the church potluck 
sow seeds of servanthood. Those who give thanks 
even when it's hard sow seeds of gratitude. Those 
who sit at the bedside of a dying loved one sow 
seeds of compassion. 
   We don't consciously think about our 
actions as sowing seeds, but Jesus says that's what 
they are. He says those seeds take root in other 
people's lives. They sprout, they grow, and 
eventually they produce a harvest (Mark 4:29). We 
really have no idea when or how this all takes 
place. It just does. It's a spiritual mystery in 
which our actions and attitudes play a part in 
other people's lives, so let's sow seeds that 
result in a harvest of righteousness. Grace Fox 
   Faith Step: Take one intentional action 
to sow seeds of joy in someone's life today. 
[Mornings With Jesus 2021 Devotional by Guideposts and 


The parable of the seed reveals that God is 
at work in nature. The seed has in itself a 
germinating principle, a principle that God Himself has 
implanted; yet if left to itself the seed would have no 
power to spring up. Man has his part to act in 
promoting the growth of the grain. He must prepare and 
enrich the soil and cast in the seed. He must till 
the fields. But there is a point beyond which he 
can accomplish nothing. No strength or wisdom of 
man can bring forth from the seed the living 
plant. Let man put forth his efforts to the utmost 
limit, he must still depend upon One who has 
connected the sowing and the reaping by wonderful 
links of His own omnipotent power. COL63 

As in the natural, so in the spiritual 
sowing; the teacher of truth must seek to prepare 
the soil of the heart; he must sow the seed; but 
the power that alone can produce life is from 
God. There is a point beyond which human effort 
is in vain  Only through the divine Spirit 
will the word be living and powerful to renew the 
soul unto eternal life. COL63-64 

Thus it is in spiritual things, in the 
formation of the character, and in every line of 
Christian work. We have a part to act, but we must 
have the power of divinity to unite with us, or 
our efforts will be in vain. COL82 


   Last week I felt as if I accomplished 
nothing. Interruptions and distractions kept me from 
my plans. Like a fanner who has scattered seed 
and keeps peering at the field for a sign of 
life, I felt disheartened. What difference had I 
made for God's kingdom? 
   On the same day that I berated myself on 
my lack of harvest, a friend shared that she 
had been encouraged by my e-mail to her. A 
reader wrote that one of my books had made a 
difference for her. My husband reminded me how often I 
make him laugh. It was as if Jesus was telling me 
that He is at work even when I am not seeing the 
results. In His parable in Mark, He shows us that the 
crops are growing even as the fanner sleeps. In 
fact, even though the farmer participates by 
planting seeds, the earth "produces the crops on its 
   Our job isn't to see how the crops are 
doing. Jesus invites us to generously plant our 
seeds of faith, and trust Him to bring the growth. 
He seems to accomplish most when we keep our 
focus on Him, not results. I like to imagine that 
in Heaven, Jesus will open a scrapbook and show 
us the marvelous things He was doing behind the 
scenes when we felt like our lives were barren 
fields. I still ask Him for glimpses now, because I 
find it so encouraging, but I'm gradually 
learning that I can trust that He is producing 
something of value in my life even when I can't see 
it. by Sharon Hinck 
   Faith Step: Think about the most empty 
field in your life. Tell Jesus that you trust Him 
to produce a harvest there and thank Him for 
that. [Mornings With Jesus 2018 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


John 15:4, 5 - Abiding in Jesus Produces 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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