I had the privilege of listening to Elder Mark Finley at a pastor’s meeting during Camp Meeting. In his talk he shared the importance of sowing seeds. In Mark Chapter 4 Jesus uses a parable of a farmer sowing seed and how it compares with sharing our faith. It goes like this.
“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” Mark 4:3-8
It is the last verse that stands out to me, where it talks about our seed yielding a crop. Yes! I said seed not seeds. Each one of us has a job to do and that is sowing our seed. Have you ever thought of how much of an impact one seed has? Let’s look at a kernel of corn. We plant a single kernel of corn and out of that one kernel comes one corn stalk. On that one stalk of corn you will find 3 to 4 ears of corn that roughly has 800 kernels of corn on them. That is 2,400 to 3,200 kernels from just one seed.
What if each of us would make it our goal to reach just one person for Christ this year? We may never fully know the impact reaching that one person will have. God is calling each one of us to share the love of Christ. As Steve Darmody says in his song, “Each One Reach One.”
“But each one can reach one.
As we follow after Christ we all can lead one.
We can lead one to the Savior.
And together we can tell the world that Jesus is the way
If we each one reach one.”
Let us move forward this year, following Christ’s example and reach at least one for Him.