Sermon text was Mark 4:26-29. Yes, it is true, farmers plant and as time passes, the seed grows until it is ready for harvest. It takes little reflection to realize that God has a hand in raising that crop to its’ fullest. We just plant the thing.
While listening to Pastor Josh, it dawned on me that Christians are kind of like farmers. Our seed is the Word of God. It’s up to Christians to plant the seed as much as we can to as many as we can. God takes care of the rest. And the day of harvest will come. It’s spoken of in Matthew 13:38,39 and Revelation 14:14-16.
As an example of how important Christians are in planting the Word of God, Pastor Josh mentioned the evangelist Billy Graham and that there was one who came before him, Mordecai Ham, that influenced Billy Graham as a young man. It’s a chain that gets formed.
While researching, I discovered that there is, truly, a chain. Billy Graham was led to Christ by Mordecai Ham. It was Billy Sunday who recommended Mordecai preach at the event Billy Graham attended. It was J. Wilbur Chapman who witnessed to Billy Sunday and it was Frederick Meyer, a pastor who witnessed to Mr. Chapman. Pastor Meyer, in turn, was led to God by Dwight Moody. And Dwight Moody was led to Christ by a Sunday School teacher named Edward Kimball.
The seed, the Word of God, was planted and it spread. Look at the results. And it all started with a Sunday School teacher. It could just as easily start with us. We don’t really know where it will go. God just asks that we do His Will and He will do the rest. What a privilege!