The Mystery of the Kingdom

Chester Droog

READ : Mark 4:26-29

Mark gives us only two parables that are not recorded by the other gospel writers. Today’s parable is one of them. A short, simple but nevertheless thought-provoking parable. Is Jesus teaching that we have nothing whatever to do in the growth of the Kingdom? Hardly! Is He reminding us not to exaggerate our importance in the work of the Lord? Possibly! Or could it be a lesson on patience? These explana- tions have been suggested by others, but the meaning of the parable for me is found in the words, “Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how” (v. 27). I believe this is a reference to the place and work of the Holy Spirit in the building of the Kingdom. It sounds very much like the words of Jesus to Nicodemus: “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

The older I get the more I realize how dependent I am on the Holy Spirit. I learned long ago that I can convert no one. I can change no one. But the Holy Spirit can. Quietly and mysteriously, as the life in the seed sprouts and grows and brings forth a harvest, so the Spirit is at work in our world bringing about the reign of Christ in the lives of all who believe in Him.


Thank You, Father, for the Holy Spirit and His work in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.