When we were at Japan, we went to check out a famous 380-year-old cherry tree that is regarded as a national natural monument.
It is located in front of the courthouse in the city of Morioka. This magnificent tree is famous not simply because it is very old. Rather it grows out of the crack in a huge granite rock that is 21m in circumference.
This “Rock-Splitting Cherry Tree” as it is called became one of the most beloved cherry trees in the city. And it is still growing. In the past 2 years the crevice of the rock has widened 5cm, according to some data.
What amazes me is that many years ago, a tiny cherry blossom seed fell in the tiny crack of this huge boulder. It then grew into a tree with such power that cracked this huge granite rock. That’s seed power.
The Bible in I Peter 1:23 likens the Word of God to a seed that is imperishable.
“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.”
And the power of the seed or God’s Word is described for us in Hebrews 4:12.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Even a hardcore gangster like Neville Tan, who was one of the ten most wanted men in Singapore was convinced and converted by reading a torn out page of the New Testament while he was in Changi Prison. The Word of God pierced the heart of this “Iron Man” who was rock hard in his criminal ways. It brought him to his knees, cracked through his lawless ways and transformed him from a prisoner to a pastor.
That is the seed power of God’s Word.
Like the living seed, the Word of God is alive. It is powerful. It is “sharper than any two-edged sword.” It is able to penetrate deep into our soul and our spirit; piercing accurately between the joints (of our good works) and marrow (of our motives); and cracking open the thoughts and intentions of our hearts.
If your heart hasn’t changed, could it be that the seed of God’s Word hasn’t dropped in yet?