Seeds play a very important part in the biblical account, starting in Genesis 1:29; “And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food” (Genesis 1:29). It is not just related to plant life, but God also uses the idea of ‘seed’ as the analogy of the Word of God as well as the generations that extended from Abraham down to Jesus (Matthew 1:2-16).
Keeping these ideas in mind, I want you to think with me about the ‘potential power’ God has placed in a seed. I grew up in California, USA where some of the largest trees in the world grow, the Giant Sequoia. Their height can be 164 to 270 feet (50 to 85 meters) and 20 to 26 feet (6 to 8 meters) in diameter. One of its cones produces 230 seeds and annually one tree will produce 300,000 to 400,000 seeds. The bark of this tree can be up to 3 feet (1 meter) thick, protecting the inside from fires. Some of these trees are over 3,500 years old.
Why do I give you all these details? A Sequoia seed has huge potential once it germinates and sprouts into a seedling. Given time, it grows into a huge tree. Jesus gave the example of “a grain of mustard seed…it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree” (Matthew 13:31-32). This is the kingdom of heaven. He also likens the seed to the “Word of God” (Luke 8:11). This can happen in you!
Consider what will happen if you plant this seed of the Word in your mind and heart. Will you plant this seed in your life and let it grow into maturity and become fruitful for our Savior?