“Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” – Mark 4:27
How does the seed grow?
I remember science projects I did in elementary school to make seeds sprout.
We played with the variables of soil, light, water, and even gravity (by using a record player) to see what might happen.
I recall the wonder and marvel that the seeds sprouted.
My children have repeated similar experiments with guandu and papaya seeds, and I got joy at watching their excitement over the shoots peaking out from the soil.
Watching a seed actually sprout and turn into something else provokes awe in my spirit at the great marvel of God’s design.
Scientists can probably describe
- the mechanics of how a seed grows,
- the right elements that contribute to helping a seed spout
- how a seed shoots forth it’s roots
- how genetics help it turn into the right plant,
- how the chemical interactions with water, soil, and light make the seed sprout.
But the inner workings remain a mystery of wonder to me that seeds sprout and change into something beautiful.
Even without my attention, my care, seeds grow once they are activated.
Transforming into what they were designed to become.
The mystery of Christian conversion
As evangelists, we sow the seed of the word, but God makes it grow.
How the individual seed grows in the life of the person who receives it remains the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit.
How did you come to surrender your life to Christ?
Can you remember a day or even a particular moment? You had come to place in your life where the invitation to follow Christ became irresistible and you surrendered your life.
Or maybe it was more of a gradual awareness and personal ownership. You grew up surrounded by Christians, in a Christian environment, and somewhere along the way, you owned your own faith.
Either way, your conversion and surrender to Christ was at the end of a quest, a journey, a path of spiritual restlessness and need that led you to see your need for Christ.
A seed had been planted.
The journey began.
Eventually, it led to your conversion.
That mysterious inward journey is the Holy Spirit drawing you faith: “Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.”
That journey is unique
That seed cast by the evangelist or sower fell on the unique soil of your life:
- the circumstances of your life at the time,
- the people of spiritual influence around you,
- your own background, upbringing, and personality.
These elements all make for a totally unique and mysterious process of conversion under the sovereign guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The genuine conversion experience is a work of the Holy Spirit unique to each individual.
We can’t restrict conversion to following a formula. There is no on/off conversion switch.
There is a mystery of the journey that we must acknowledge.
Lord Jesus, thank You for helping me place my faith in You as my Lord and Savior.
I eventually saw my need for You. Thank You for that drawing work of the Holy Spirit, bringing me to the place where I have found forgiveness, longing, and a peace that passes understanding.
I thank You for the circumstances that led me to surrender my life into the joy of following You, those trials and inner questions that helped me see my need for you.
Thank You for the people who influenced me to follow You: for their conversations with me, their patient answering of my questions, their trustworthy representation of a Christ follower.
I pray for my friends today that you would help the seeds that have been planted in their life to sprout.
Take some time to day to journal about your journey to faith in Christ.
- What circumstances in your life helped you see your need for Christ?
- Who were people of significant influence in your journey and what did they do to have that significance?
- What was in your upbringing and background that helped you see your need for Christ?
Spend some time writing out your answers.
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