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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The parable of the wheat berries

The parable of the wheat berries

There was once an enterprising homesteader who decided to start sprouting wheat for human and animal food. Wheat berries (wheat seeds), when sprouted, make an incredibly nutritious food when sprouted. The homesteader set up some bins in his basement. He soaked the wheat berries in water overnight, spread them in the bin, and kept them moist for the next two days, waiting for them to sprout. Unfortunately, they never did. Instead, they went moldy. He restarted his setup, this time adding fertilizer to the water. He was again met with failure. Frustrated, he gave up trying to sprout wheat.

What he did not realize was that cold temperatures in his basement prevented the sprouting. Wheat berries do not need fertilizer. They only need water. Everything they need to germinate is within them. Fertilizer can be helpful after germination. Before germination, it is only a waste of money, and can be a distraction if the farmer erroneously thinks that seeds that have not germinated are lacking fertilizer, instead of focusing on the only things seeds need: water and heat.

The gospel of wheat berries

 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
 21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
 22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
 23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
 24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (Luke 17:20-24.)

As Jesus said, the kingdom of God is within you. Why do we preach the gospel then? The primary purpose of preaching the gospel is to remove false traditions (including unbelief)--the damage that has been done by others. Armed with the scriptures, every able-bodied man or woman has everything they need to be redeemed from the fall. They will better learn to pray, repent, and live through the scriptures and asking God directly than they ever could from another person. There are no gimmicks, and there are no tricks.

Those who focus on gimmicks and tricks are wasting their resources. This life is precious. We have a limited time to progress through repentance. Side projects steal those resources away and stall out our progress. Gimmicks and tricks don't advance you with God. Until someone is redeemed from the fall, why should they worry about anything but repentance? What could be more important?