Tag Archives: Reproduce

Seed scatterer

This is what the kingdom of heaven is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.  … the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how … Mark 4:26-27 (NIV)

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Come be a seed scatterer

     A kingdom of heaven gatherer.

          Sow seed into wide swaths of soil

               For planting is the laborers toil.

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Growth comes only by God’s hand

     The sprouting seed not caused by man.

          Who can know how a seed does grow

               Where the wind of the Spirit might choose to blow?

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When he comes may he find my sack

     Empty of seeds upon my back.

          Sown in soils where he has led

               A harvest sprouting from entrusted seed heads.

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planted by streams

Psalm 1:2-3 “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (NIV)*

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A tree planted by streams of water stays put. The roots go deep. The stream provides a continual source of nourishment for green leaves and growing fruit.

The fruit drops seed, which causes more trees to grow. More fruit is produced. And then, more seeds are dropped. More trees grow. More fruit is produced. You get the picture–an orchard is in progress! All from one tree.

Psalm 1 indicates that the key to a green, fruit bearing tree is meditating on the word day and night. Staying by streams of water means to stay in his word, delighting in it and meditating on it.

His word is life-giving water. Staying engrossed keeps us healthy spiritually–green and producing fruit. And that’s what a healthy tree does…reproduce.

And should a canopy appear someday, don’t be surprised if others are finding shade under your branches.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.


falling to the ground

John 12:24 “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” (NIV)*

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

maple seeds hanging in pine tree (photo by patty perkins)

if i let go the branch

fall to the ground below,

let my will be buried there–

none of me to show.

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if i forsake my way

turn to him instead,

would one seed really multiply–

if i but his path tread?

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by patty perkins

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A seed has to die before it can reproduce into many seeds. Holding on to this life by refusing to fall to the ground will cause the life cycle of the seed to stop.

Sometimes it’s difficult to let go of the branch and fall to the ground. We might like hanging in a pine tree with all the other maple seeds! It takes faith to let go.

Jesus set the example. He followed his father’s will by dying on a cross. His one seed planted brought life to many.

We don’t have to die on a cross! But, we do have the daily choice to let the seeds of our will fall to the ground and be planted. To live God’s way and let the seeds reproduce. Let one become many.

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.