I love old science fiction movies, and television shows. The idea of creating something new, and exploring the unknown, and other worlds has always fascinated me. Recently, I came across on Netflix an old series, The 4400, which is a story about a group of individuals returned to Earth after vanishing for years. As the story progressed, it was discovered these individuals came back with specific gifts designed to help Earth’s future. They were “seeded” or re-planted to correct present day anomalies.
When you go back and re-watch old movies and shows, you see or hear things that might have escaped you the first time. What caught my attention this time was the term “seeded” which has several meanings, including to plant seeds for growth. However, in meteorology concepts, it also means to sprinkle with particles in order to disperse it, or to produce precipitation. In sports, the term is used to describe the process of arranging positions, so that more skilled contestants meets in the later rounds. Seeds brings up images of multiplication, growth, development or advancement. Plants flourishing under the right conditions. The more and more I thought about “seed, seeding or seeded“, the more I began to draw an analogy to the church, and us. In the Gospel of John, chapter 15, Jesus identified himself as the “true vine” and you and I as the branches of that vine. We, the branches spring up from the “righteous seed” of Christ with a divine commission to first remain connected to the vine, and then to bear MUCH FRUIT. As in the tale of the 4400, we are called to use our unique gifts and talents (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31) to facilitate the building of His Kingdom on Earth, and share the gospel message. We were called to sprinkle or “seed” the Word of Life and Truth across the entire planet. We were called to plant or “seed” ministries, churches, missions, schools, businesses all for the glory of God. We were called to “seed” or arrange ourselves and others to successfully meet the challenge of evil in these latter days, and show the world an even better way. We were called to be “seed“; growing together in the love and admonition of the Lord, and staying knitted together in Christ. By faith in Christ, we are the “seed” for the building of the Kingdom. Isn’t it interesting how in the Great Commission, Jesus told his disciples to spread the gospel to the uttermost parts of the planet; to sprinkle the particles [the whole] of truth in order to disperse it, and to produce the divine precipitation upon the dry, desert of lost souls, so they too, can experience the life giving seeds of God’s amazing love.
This is not science fiction but a divine truth which can’t be ignored by us. You and I were ordained before the beginning of the world to be “seeds” for the Master’s work. If you don’t feel like you are a “seed”, read St. John Chapter 15, and 1 Corinthians 12, and let the Holy Spirit re-seed you today. Amen.