Spiritual Intelligence: The Blade, The Head And The Full Grain

And He said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Good morning friends. Permit me to set the scene first with a look at the definition of a parable. A parable can be defined as:

a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson

With that in mind, let us consider the moral of this parable. In other words, what was Jesus’ desired outcome from His audience, through the sharing of this well crafted simple story?

Well, the central thrust of His message was the kingdom of God. This could be divided into two subsections: the invitation (the call to repentance), and the gathering (the coming judgement). The preparation was championed by none other than prophet John (popularly known as John the Baptist), through the preaching of repentance before Jesus came on the scene. Hence Jesus said to His disciples concerning him:

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

Jesus’ delivery style catered for the different learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), as well as the social, emotional and spiritual needs of audience. Like today, they were drawn from all walks of life, and a wide array of: gender, generational, social, economical, spiritual and political background. But yet, these parables were easy to adapt, simple, relevant and imaginative. He captured their attention, with thousands congregating and moving around with him most times in public spaces.

So, let’s home in on this morning’s parable. The seed is the word of God, which is meant to be dispersed by faith to the ends of the earth. The sower does this by faith and in obedience to the great commission, without a clue about how it will all pan out. After years of ploughing and sowing the seeds of faith, perhaps at some point in the not distant future news might break out of a spiritual awakening. Then theologians, disciples, apostles, sceptics, researchers, cameramen, pilgrims, real estate developers, writers, newsrooms etc., will follow the trail like the wisemen followed the star in search of the messiah. This dear friends is when the earth is said to have yielded her increase. The labourers watch in awe, wondering how it all happened. Then they follow up the harvest through discipleship.

Until this happens, we need to appreciate that anything done without faith is displeasing to God – here lies the fundamental difference between science and faith. While science is obsessed with: what, why, how and when; faith is enveloped in love, hope and belief in all that is God’s. In the words of Paul:

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Therefore by faith we keep praying for the lost, sharing the good news of the kingdom, without bothering when or how the harvest will yield. And this we will do as Jesus tarries, this we will do till we die, this we will do till the end of time.

We might not see the harvest in our lifetime, but we will continue to press on in the hope that someday; the blade, the head and the full grain will spring up in succession from the earth. In the hope that someday the harvest will be ready for the sickle!


~ Sabali


Spiritual Intelligence: Divine Expedition

Expedition can be defined as promptness or speed in doing something.

With this definition, let’s consider the following verses from the prophet Amos:

“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “When the plowman shall overtake the reaper, And the treader of grapes him who sows seed; The mountains shall drip with sweet wine, And all the hills shall flow with it.

The prophet was given a snippet into a season in the future where the stages of human awakening will witness a paradigm shift. An era when time, season and energy becomes immaterial as the Spirit of Grace, and the Spirit of Prayer sweeps over the nations of the world. As prophesied by the prophet Zechariah, the Spirit of Grace will cause an awakening, then the people will suddenly recognise Jesus Christ, and this revelation will become the catalyst for the Spirit of Prayer. In fact, these series of events are not the slightest dissimilar to prophet Isaiah’s epiphany in the year king Uzziah died, when suddenly his spirit was quickened and he said:

Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts

In the same vain a sudden realisation of our spiritual state if you please, which stirs up supplication to the almighty God!

The analogy used to convey Amos’ vision was a farming process. The main players are the plowman, the sower, and the reaper or treader. Each one with a clear task for the end goal – a bountiful harvest. Before we move any further, we also need to understand from Jesus’ parable of the sower that the soil denotes the spirits or souls of humanity, and the seed is God’s word. So, with that in mind, let’s run through the basic task of each subject and see how it relates to some spiritual truths.

The plowman: He initiates the process by preparing the soil. This is a labour intensive exercise which involves breaking, nourishing and moistening the soil. This is the role of prayer. Intercessory prayers creates superhighways for God to move – it always precede any major move of God.

The Sower: Once the soil is prepared, the sower goes out to disperse the seeds. These are those believers that go about their everyday life with the gospel as their focal point. They share God’s word by creating new opportunities, and using any opportunity at their disposal. They reach out to anyone they come in contact with, sharing the good news of the kingdom.

The Reaper: This is the one that gathers the crops, prepares and stores them up for sales or replanting. These are those who provide support to the new believers that were earlier prepared through prayers, and have received the word of God. This process is accomplished through discipleship (a process which incorporates mentoring, coaching and an informal apprenticeship programme), either in an organisational setting or through the use of modern technology.

Dear friends, by a spiritual process re-engineering we will begin to witness divine expedience and exponential harvest in the great commission, even as we draw close to the end of time. A move that defiles human convention, one that is truly supernatural. A time when the sweet wine of The Lord will flow from mount Zion (the city of God), to the hills of nations of the earth.

With this in mind, I pray that we will be counted worthy to labour in this coming harvest. Amen.


~ Sabali