The miraculous nature of the seed is that endless potential lies in something so small: the potential to grow, to bear fruit, to provide shade for the weary, and to stretch its roots so far into the ground, that it is virtually immovable. That is why when the new brand for Heritage CLC of Southaven, MS shows a deeply rooted tree. Our hope is to grow, to nourish, to provide a resting place, and most importantly; to plant seeds. If you know anything about planting seeds: you know that it does not end there. It does not end with the planting, the rooting, or even the first few sprouts that the seed bears. The end result of the seed you planted, watered and nurtured, is that it becomes a fruit-bearing tree. Paul teaches that the sown seed is simply the forerunner of something much grander. Let’s go back to the original pattern of “The Seed”, as explained in the previous article “The Seed”: 1.) Death (Repentance) 2.) Burial (Baptism) 3.) Resurrection (Being Filled with the Holy Ghost)

If we participate in this same pattern, we will see the genetic blueprint at the end of time. There will come a day when we physically die, are buried, and at the last trump shall rise again. The seed planted by Jesus Christ and modeled in His death, burial, and resurrection is obeyed spiritually in the individual believer’s life when we die in repentance, are buried in baptism and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. At the last day, it will then be completed physically when we experience the death, burial, and resurrection to live again in new glorified bodies. The seed was sown in Jesus, was obeyed by the apostles and will be realized in our lives when we rise with Christ at the end of time.

However, what happens to us after we are buried and resurrected? We’ve been planted in the ground, we’ve begun to sprout, but now what? Once we are resurrected and filled with the Holy Ghost, there is much more to come. Let’s look back to the New Testament to see what the apostles did once following the death, burial, and resurrection pattern. Jesus commanded the apostles to: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15). In Matthew 10:8, he tells the apostles to “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give”. And after witnessing Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and then undergoing this same pattern; that is exactly what they did. Throughout the New Testament, we can see where apostles went throughout the world healing the sick, casting out devils, and preaching the gospel to those who did not know it. So what do now as trees? We grow. We bear fruit. We spread new seeds. We study and hear the Word of God. Through the resurrection power of Christ, we perform healings and miracles. And most importantly, we spread the gospel of Christ to those who don’t know or understand it.