I read this parable awhile back and it really resonated with me. I’m not certain who wrote this little parable … but in it’s simplicity it is powerful and I hope it challenges you.
“Once upon a time there were two grains of wheat lying on the floor of a warm and cozy barn. But one day, the farmer came in and told them, “I want to take you out of this comfortable barn and plant you in the earth. I’m going to place you in the cold ground and cover you with soil. It will be dark, and you will die. But I promise that you will multiply and become very fruitful.”
The first grain of wheat turned down the suggestion, “No way!” he said. “Count me out. I like the way things are. I like my comfort, and I don’t want to die.” But, the second one, after carefully considering the pain and discomfort of dying, decided the promise of a future harvest was worth the sacrifice. So the farmer took him outside and planted him in the ground, while allowing the first grain of wheat to remain inside the barn.
A few days later, a small green sprout appeared over where the seed had been planted. Then it grew and became a tall stalk of wheat that produced one hundred more grains. For the next 40 years, the farmer planted all the seeds that had originated from that first grain of wheat, and year after year, the harvest multiplied. However, the grain of wheat that stayed in the barn remained there by itself, never multiplying – but was very comfortable.”
So, the question is: which grain of wheat are you? Are you playing it safe, or have you let Christ plant you in the world?
The only way you’ll ever become useful and fruitful in God’s kingdom is to abandon your own selfish desires, wants and traditions, get out of your comfort zone, and serve the Lord by serving others.
Hey…let’s leave the barn … be planted … and multiply!
Dennis Wheeler is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his weekly column The Focus. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.