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Life in a Small Package

Luke 8:11
‘This is the meaning of the parable: the seed is the word of God. (NIVUK)

Seeds may be eaten as food, but their primary purpose is to reproduce the life of the organism, in another place at another time.  The Word of God is seed: it contains truth which is the spiritual genetic material of God's kingdom. Wherever, and whenever, it takes root in a human heart, the characteristics of God's heart are formed in that person (Galatians 4:19).  

Jesus Christ is also described as the Word of God (John 1:1-3).  He contained all the fullness of God in His earthly Body (Colossians 2:9).  He is the ‘seed of the woman’ who would crush Satan’s head (Genesis 3:15).  Born as a baby, He had the power to open heaven and to release many who are bound by sin and Satan (Luke 4:17-21).  He demonstrated that by healing the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead (Luke 7:20-23).  God’s written Word still has the same power in the hands of God’s people who are filled with His Holy Spirit.

Horticulturalists get the best qualities from a crop by selective breeding programmes; and animals are bred for a high meat or milk yield.  The secret is in the seed.  The genes are the truth of the species and, if uncorrupted, will reproduce its distinctive features.  In the same way, those who allow God's Word to penetrate their heart, will find that it starts to redefine their desires and passions.  Although it may be well presented by a fine preacher or author, the essence of truth is God's alone, and His purpose is to bring it to life in whoever is willing to hear and believe and do what He says (James 1:22-25).

God still uses His Word to recreate broken lives.  Indeed, there is no other way to be reformed into the image of God (Colossians 3:5-10).  His Word has the extraordinary power to dissect through the mixed motives of our tangled minds (Hebrews 4:12).  It may be transmitted on paper, by word, by TV or by digital media.  It may be waiting on a shelf, or contained in a tract, or made unforgettable in a God-ordained conversation.  It never goes stale and will still have the same impact many years after it is written, translated or printed.  Under the direction of the Holy Spirit, the Word read or heard may ricochet around someone's mind and heart until they choose to submit to God.  If we really believe that, surely, will we not spread God’s Word like a farmer scatters seed?  Aim to have Gospel conversations, give away tracts of Scripture, invite friends to hear a Biblical preacher, write an appropriate verse in greetings cards and letters ... and above all, keep on being transformed by it (Romans 12:2).

Almighty God. Thank You that You are true in every way. I believe that the Bible is Your special gift of truth to the world, having the power to get to the heart of every matter. Please forgive me when I run my own life without reading what You have to say, and for ignoring its life-giving truth. May I resolve to treat Your Word as You intended: to live by it and to share it with others, so that I may be useful in Your kingdom. Help me also never to be ashamed of Your Word but to share it in whatever way I can. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams