Seed is a concealed germ of life. There is an element of life in a seed that waits for a conducive environment and conditions to spring up. Even the word seed today connotes the foundational and fundamental form of life. Those conditions and environmental factors are essential for germination. “The seed has in itself a germinating principle, a principle that God Himself has implanted; yet if left to itself the seed would have no power to spring up. Man has his part to act in promoting the growth of the grain; but there is a point beyond which he can accomplish nothing. He must depend upon One who has connected the sowing and the reaping by wonderful links of His own omnipotent power.” – Education p.104
The Bible likens the seed to the word of God, the good news of salvation that is to be shared to all. “The word of God is the seed. Every seed has in itself a germinating principle. In it the life of the plant is enfolded. So there is life in God’s word.” –Lift Him Up p.69. However, in Zachariah 10 God’s people are to be planted sown among other people, in this case considering the people of God a seed. In that short reading climaxing with the main text we see God’s mission for his people. He clearly defines their role among the nations of the world. If these good people, blessed of the Lord are to live amidst heathens they could germinate into a testimony of God’s saving grace drawing many to eternal life. These would be a people packed with good news, packed with the truth of His word and are infecting others with.
So, a seed ready to spring up or a seed dormant? “A heavy responsibility rests upon you. In view of this, how careful should you be in all your words and acts. What kind of seed are you sowing in the hearts of your children? ..Sow no foul seed. Satan is ready to do that work. Sow only clean, pure seed.” –2 Testimonies for the Church p.79. In the full knowledge of the truth, having received and accepted it, we be come a source of truth to others through our life style, our talk, actions and all other aspects of our lives; they need to see Christ. “As professing children of God, we are under solemn obligation to seek and to save the lost…. God wants you to associate with believers and unbelievers, that you may help all to a fuller knowledge of the truth.” –Our High Calling p.301.
Isn’t it wonderful that God wants to use us as a seed of hope to others?