26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who may throw the seed on the ground, 27 then he could sleep and get up night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, but he does not know how. 28 The earth bears fruit automatically, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. 29 But when the grain is ripe, he sends in his sickle just then, because the crop has arrived.”
We usually think of the discipleship process as rigorous and time consuming, and it can be – especially if you are the only Christian speaking into a new convert’s life. But another amazing thing about the kingdom of God is sometimes by your spoken or written word, you lead someone to Christ whom you may not see again. That person’s life in Christ will be launched by you, but nurtured and maintained by someone else – or a group of others. The Holy Spirit will do this whether you are present or not. As you get older, the Lord may bless you by introducing you to some of these saints whom you have planted. Or, you may not see them again until Christ returns. Either way, there will be a blessed harvest day for you. And the miracle of automatic discipleship will continue.
LORD, show us how to sow bountifully, even if we do not immediately see the harvest.