There is an other word which has almost ‘landed’ on us lately, and it is the word SEED. We see it appear strongly already in the very first pages of the Bible. A quick look in a concordance will show you that it is something essential in all Kingdom-presence and advancement. Well, the Son of God Himself gave it a central place and role when He trained His disciples: “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?” It was the parable of the sower and the seed.
Understanding the life, the nature and capacity of the Seed is directly linked to the progression of the Kingdom and therefore obviously extremely important.
Peter who was with Him when He said it, and continued to walk with Him until the earthly part of His assignment was finished…
Peter who was so passionate in words and acts, so determined and hungry for God that He was shown and told things no other did…
Peter who failed dramatically at very decisive moments, but nevertheless ultimately became a key-person in the breakthrough and advancement of the Kingdom in the capital of Israel, its population, its families and social life…
Years later Peter wrote about that Seed:
“You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
If the Word which has been spoken by God, endures forever, it will also work and grow forever. It will bear fruit. It will draw people to the One who spoke it. It will establish lives, it will shape personalities, it will empower men and women to influence individuals, families and communities, it will propagate and challenge structures and positions, it will shake the shakeable, it will create and sustain life, it will infiltrate institutions with truth and wisdom… well God said that it will not return void.
Listen to His voice through Isaiah.
“Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the Lord. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
But we must remember that He spoke about His Word, not ours. His thoughts, not ours. His ways, not ours. Our words don’t become His Word just because we hold a bible and read from it, or even because we stand behind a pulpit… or sit in the pews and nod our heads or say amen.
We must realize three things.
Number one: The assignment is absolutely enormous.
Number two: Without the Seed it is totally out of reach.
Number three: The process is already designed and is non-negotiable.
What then? Look into the parable to find the key, which Jesus gave His next generation who were under intensive training in order to represent Him and fulfill what He had finished:
“He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom.”
God’s methodology is not programs, structures and technology… it is and will always be people. It is the ‘sons of the Kingdom’, people called by Him, shaped, trained and tested by Him. Period.
That’s where the disciples came into the picture.
That’s where you and I come into the picture.
That’s why Paul had his intensive training in Ephesus, and Luke the doctor reported: “So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” Right! And that’s why and how all minor Asia had heard the Word in a period of just two years.
Societal structures were affected, spiritual hierarchies were shaken, and the Kingdom moved crowds.
That’s the reason, and the only reason why we have the School of Apostolic Reformation.
It’s about the Kingdom and nothing less. The Kingdom and never less.
You can become His Seed and qualify for His assignment. It will take courage and determination.