So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but God who makes the plant grow. 1 Corinthians 3:7

Jesus illustrated a mystery of spiritual growth in the parable of the growing seed. He compares the kingdom of God to a farmer scattering seed on the ground. It is like a man who scatters seed upon the soil. Whether he is asleep or awake, be it day or night, the seed sprouts and grows, he knows not how. The soil produces of itself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

The man who scattered the seed may have done what he could to care for the soil. But Jesus said the seed sprouted without human knowing and understanding. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but God who makes the plant grow. The land owner benefited from the harvest, though its development didn’t depend on what he did or his understanding of the workings beneath the surface of the soil.

The maturing of the seeds in Jesus’ parable occurred in God’s time and of his growing power. The Lord’s mysterious ways aren’t dependent on our abilities or understanding of His works.

He who plants and he who waters work to the same end, and the Lord will pay each one according to his work. We could never figure out how the growth have taken place in the soil, whereas the farmer reaps the benefits of the harvest. One day the grower who cultivates in us deserves the glory for spiritual growth of his people and his kingdom likewise.

There is more power in one word from God than all.