And (Jesus) said, “The Kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he does not know how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come. (Mark 4:26-29)
“Many a discouraged minister suffers from myopic spiritual vision that makes one unable to see what God is doing in the soil and unable to envision triumph in what looks like utter failure.” David E. Garland, Mark, NIVAC (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), 186.
The growth of the Kingdom of God is often invisible, but as the Gospel is proclaimed and applied, its growth is certain. Jesus calls us not to judge success according to outward appearances, but according to faithful labor. So let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up (Gal 6:9). The King knows how to grow his Kingdom.