FROM SEED TO SEEDLING TO PLANT
Updated: Nov 28, 2019
Exodus 23:30 says Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. Be patient, respect the process!!!
They did not know you were a seed! Remember Joseph was buried in a pit? His brothers never thought he would rise out of his situation. Indeed they probably thought and would die. The lesson here is that sometimes we need to trust the process. God had a plan and purpose for Joseph, exactly the way He has for each of us.
Joseph's difficult journey was necessary to reach his purpose and destiny. But look what he became. Joseph was a super seed! Despite his journey from the prison, he ended up in the palace and then one of the highest rulers in the land! He became Prime Minister in Egypt no less!
Those who tried to bury you with untruths, betrayal, manipulation, etc., did not know you were or are a seed! I had an immense revelation about this recently having reflected about the stage of life I am in right now. Everything I have personally experienced has equipped me for the next part of my ministry journey. I want to use my knowledge of gardening and growth to demonstrate how the way plants grow relates to various stages of your ministry journey or your trajectory.
THE SEED AND IT’S GERMINATION
You are a seed. Let me explain why. A seed cannot grow without being planted in soil. Soil may be representative of the essential steps we must experience when we are establishing anything, be it a new business, a project, ministry church plant. Soil is dirty; similarly, life passages can cause pain, hurt.
As soon as a seed hits the soil with the help of water and the right temperature, it will start to germinate. The way a seed begins to grow is by taking in as much water as possible. The growth may not be evident at first. First steps to growth occur within the seed with enzymes from within. The stage of your development might cause you frustration, because you may not see any progress at first. With faith as small as a mustard seed, trust that it is happening, as long as it is God-ordained.
The next stage is that the roots start to form. The roots will act as an anchor to the future plant. Once roots form, the seed can send up shoots sometimes referred to as seedlings.
Growing from the seed to the seedling stage can be a vulnerable time. That's because a seedling has not developed a full root system, and the top growth (i.e. the growth above the soil), is still tender enough to be eaten by wild animals such as rabbits, rats and even birds. Exodus 23:30 says Little by little I will drive them out before you until you have increased enough to take possession of the land. Thus, the delay in witnessing signs of top growth is all part of the process. God will not release everything promised in case you cannot handle the circumstances, the situations or new levels of responsibility. That is why He will publish what you need it little by little. Just like the seedling which needs some protection from our four-legged friends sometimes, you may need to keep some of your plans to yourself until the appointed time. Early exposure of anything you are working on be it ministry, is not advised.
Seek out trusted counsellors who can understand your journey (Proverbs 15: 22). It is pointless seeking counsel from people who have not lived that journey even if their spiritual title is Pastor. Indeed, seeking advice from people with different leadership backgrounds would be more prudent.
Above all put everything you are planning or doing in prayer! (Philippians 4:6-7)
So, at this stage of your growth, it is essential to:
1. Keep focused on your mission.
2. Learn and adapt where necessary as you go.
3. Do not overexpose yourself by announcing strategy too early.
4. Seek sound advice and guidance from trusted counsellors or mentors.
5. Put everything in prayer to God, and he shall meet your needs.
Minister Madge Obaseki
Healthy Church Growth Advocate
Grow The Church Now