Recently some profound things came to mind after observing a science project by a student. The student had decided to plant twelve seeds among four different pots. Each pot was watered by a different liquid to observe the potential growth with each liquid. The first was watered with lemonade, the second with punch, the third with water and the fourth with coffee. Then it was time to anticipate the growth of the plant. However after seven days there was no sign of plant life, in fact the student became a little disheartened because it appeared that the seeds were not going to grow. So the student decided to persevere and put the plants under direct sunlight during the day, while continuing to pour the liquids on daily. After twelve days there was much excitement, because the plants that were given coffee and water were beginning to grow. It was not long until the life of the plants in the water and coffee had risen ten inches in size and were on their way to being strong plants.
Of course, many things can be learned from this simple little project.
- First, the teacher had called the students to fulfill a task. As Christians, we are called to fulfill a task known as the Great Commission. Jesus said, “to go and make disciples” (Matthew 28:18-20).
- Second, the student had to plant seeds to see the fruit. The student had to be obedient to follow through with the experiment. Jesus calls His disciples to be obedient and states, “if you love me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15).
- Third, the student had to wait, even when she could not see the results immediately. Paul reminds us, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap, if we do not grow weary” (Galatians 6:9).
- Fourth, it is the work of God. Even though the student watered it and was faithful, only God could make it grow. You see the disciples scatter the seeds, but God does the growing. Jesus said, “A man scatters seed on the ground; he sleeps and rises – night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows - he doesn’t know how” (Mark 4:27).
So, are you wondering what happened to the seeds of the punch and lemonade? Well, they rotted, because the sugar depleted the nutrients needed for growth. You see God has given us the things we need to share the seeds of life through His Word. Trying to add our own ingredients will not work, even if we think it will be more palatable. Therefore, let us do as we have been commanded, go and make disciples by planting the Word of God and teaching all that Jesus commanded.