Another great use of my “Word of the Year” is in Mark 4. Take a look at the story and notice that the farmer scatters (or casts out) the seed.
The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it. Mark 4:18-19 (MSG)
But I find an interesting parallel here:
And he said, “Thus is the reign of God: as if a man may cast the seed on the earth, and may sleep, and may rise night and day, and the seed spring up and grow, he hath not known how; for of itself doth the earth bear fruit, first a blade, afterwards an ear, afterwards full corn in the ear; and whenever the fruit may yield itself, immediately he doth send forth the sickle, because the harvest hath come.” And he said, “To what may we liken the reign of God, or in what simile may we compare it? As a grain of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is less than any of the seeds that are on the earth; and whenever it may be sown, it cometh up, and doth become greater than any of the herbs, and doth make great branches, so that under its shade the fowls of the heaven are able to rest.” — Mark 4:26-32 (YLT)
So a farmer casts seed out that grows completely on it’s own; the farmer has no control over the soil, the weather, or the workings of a seed. In the same way, God casts out His Life Seed–His Word, His Truth, His Kingdom on Earth. Though the church likes to take a lot of responsibility in “getting people saved,” we really don’t have any control over it. It’s a deep mystery and a deep working of God’s Spirit in the hearts of men and women.