Careful What You Start

Mark 4:26-33

26 And (Jesus) said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”  33 With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it.

Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to thy name, O Most High;
to declare thy steadfast love in the morning, and thy faithfulness by night, to the music of the lute and the harp, to the melody of the lyre.  For thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by thy work;  at the works of thy hands I sing for joy.

12 The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  13 They are planted in the house of the Lord, they flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They still bring forth fruit in old age, they are ever full of sap and green, 15 to show that the Lord is upright;  he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Jesus talked about a man planting by scattering seed on the ground.  Days went by showing no visible activity from the seeds.  Then the green leaves poked through the ground.  The man knew he planted the seeds, but how they grew “he knew not how.”  By planting the seeds the man started a process that was thereafter outside of his control.

Think about this – the things we begin in our lives start processes that move our lives to new places.  Some of them can be good; some of them not.  Invest myself in my family, handle my finances responsibly, engage in good spiritual disciplines:  giving myself to such things leads me to strong places.  Failing to do so leads to weaker places. 

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