As I ran through Queen’s Park last evening, observing blossoming flowers and trees now covered in fresh green leaves, I was reminded of the beauty and dynamism of what God has spoken into being. By his word, God created the heavens and the earth. By his word, He spoke into being the seeding, nurturing, leaving and fruit bearing process.
As I predicted a few weeks ago, in a message based on the Parable of the Sower, dandelions have appeared across the Lower Mainland, even in Queen’s Park, without anyone planting them. Its seeds, carried by wind currents, have enabled the dandelion to reproduce itself exponentially. One plant alone can reproduce itself without pollination. The DNA of the dandelion is in the seed.
This reproductive process is a picture of what happens in the spiritual realm. As Jesus said in the Parable of the Sower, the sowing of kingdom seeds leads to multiplication thirty-sixty and one hundredfold. And, “the seed is the word of God” (Luke 8:11; cf. Mt. 13:19). If we are followers of Jesus, we will carry a conviction around the power of the living word of God.
In his early years as an evangelist, many of Billy Graham’s friends were questioning the authority of the Scriptures. In a moment before God, Graham decided to accept the authority of the word of God by faith. As he proclaimed the gospel message, he would very intentionally quote Scripture. As he spoke forth the word of God, he saw an inexplicable response, from a human perspective, but a natural response, from God’s perspective.
“The seed is the word of God.” “The word of God is living and active” (Heb. 4:11). Jesus urges us to hear it, “hold it fast in an good and honest heart, and bear fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). We are to receive the word of God with faith, allow it to transform us and then pass it on to others, trusting God to produce fruit and multiply the impact.
This spring, newcomers to Willingdon have opened their hearts to Jesus’ life-transforming word in weekend services, in Discovery and Alpha classes and in the middle of lobby conversations. I have also been encouraged by the response of Willingdon attendees to God’s “living and active word” in their lives. May we continue to receive the word of God with good and honest hearts, allow it to transform us into the likeness of Jesus and pass it on with faith!
Sharing the word of God can be as simple as sharing with another person how God is speaking to you and revealing himself to you, personally. Where is God asking you to plant seeds this spring? Remember, sowing is an act of trusting God and his word. The DNA of the kingdom of God is in the seed. The seed is the word of God.