Let’s face it, we live in a utilitarian culture. The message is often subtle, but it’s powerful. “You are as valuable as you are useful.” Our culture says, “Do it yourself!” “You are in control, you are in charge of you own destiny, you are responsible.” If anything good is going to happen, especially a positive change in our own lives, we are going to need to do it ourselves.
Jesus speaks directly to this innate idea, and says, pay attention to my way of doing things. “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground.27Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28All by itself the soil produces grain.” “The soil produces crops by itself” (v.28), which means that the grain sprouts BY ITSELF in the soil, grows up and produces the shape God has laid down in it to have. It grows gradually; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head, v. 28. But we are such an impatient people that we don’t have time for gradual growth, and we sure don’t want to leave our lives up to God. We have more noble things to do, things to accomplish, things to become; all the while, becoming like Jesus is just something that sounds good in the lyrics to a song.
Lie: You are as valuable as you are useful.
Truth: God is the only one who can produce positive change in our lives.
All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. Mark 4:28