This spring it was so important for us to get the new seeding done around the Fellowship Hall at Mission Central. Planting grass seed is a great deal like “spreading the seed of the Gospel.” First, you have to make sure that there is a decent “seed bed” to receive the seed, so that it can get into the soil. In Matthew 13:21 it says that the seed on rocky soil is described as “he has no root and lasts only a short time.” We want the seed to have deep roots, and so we have to cover it. BUT, the most important thing I've found about planting grass is the fact that the soil must be packed to seal in that seed and protect it, so that when the rain comes the soil will retain the moisture to grow the seed. If the soil is left soft and "fluffy," it dries out quickly and the seed dies. We must continue to “pack” the Word of God deep in our hearts so that it will grow and grow. Jesus’ last words to His followers in Mark 16:15 were, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to all creation.” We are called to sow the seed of the Gospel to all people around the world and right here in our own families.
Recently, I spoke with a seven year old boy at a funeral, who had never attended church or Sunday school. I asked him, "Do you know what Easter is about?" That little boy smiled and said, "Yes, that's when Jesus rose from the dead!" I was shocked, and asked the little boy, "Who told you that?" He looked at his grandma’s body in the coffin and said, "My grandma in that box...she told me!" Tears came to my eyes because I realized that Grandma had planted the seed and packed it just right in the heart of her little grandson. Mission work starts at home and then goes all the way around the world! We have to all realize that we are “seed planters.”
Gary Thies, Mission Development Counselor