Mark Has Some Good News, Part 17, Are You Ready For Action Or Just Waiting
The Parable of the Seed Growing
26 And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by 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."
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
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 on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out 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. 34 He did not speak to them without a parable, but privately to his own disciples he explained everything.
I hate waiting on circumstance or permission
Sitting around waiting for due process and legality and every other bit of bureaucracy the world can muster drives me nuts. And not nice in a can cashews, big hurts your hand walnuts. It's just a waste of time. One of the biggest "wastes" our culture has is its waste of time.
We fling angry birds, tweet locations and burger joint portion size. Facebook song lyrics and have recorded TV. The world as we know it revolves around us and we're poor managers for the most part.
So when it comes to being ready for action is this time gluttony taking its toll on us. I spoke in a previous post, addressing my disdain for educated yet ill prepared evangelist. It gets me like a wet shoe, you can't believe it's there but the reason it is... Is you.
So when Jesus uses words of haste like "at once" it blesses me. Because I know here he speaking of the harvest he speaks of in Matt 9:37. And I have and will always try to keep my hand on the scythe.
Because I know what happens when the harvest gets big. It attracts attention of the birds, who will set up shop where there's a lot of new seeds to feed on. They wait for the harvest to get big because when it's big it can suffer the most damage. A bigger field is nothing more than a bigger home, a bigger target.
So when Jesus speaks of being ready like a farmer who wastes no time when the harvest is ready. I think that we should be looking at our lives to see what would slow our scythe down and where the foul will land first to feed. If preparedness is only planning placed in items. What stuff in your life doesn't lend itself to ministry? Where is your waste which will hold you back from the harvest when it's time?
Is it your online life, games, statuses?
Is it hobbies, pleasure craft and firearms?
What about your library, subscriptions or periodicals?
What will makes you un-ready for the harvest and the work that it brings?