Like its physical counterpart, spiritual growth happens slowly. A newly baptized Christian will not produce the fruit of the spirit as easily as a mature one.
The Parable of the Growing Seed is unique to the book of Mark, the most basic of the gospels, perhaps due to it being so simple and its point self-evident.
Martin Collins focuses on the significance of the 30, 60, and one hundredfold increase mentioned by Christ in the Parable of the Sower (Mark 4). One hundredfold is not equivalent to 100 percent nor to 100 times. Rather, the term "hundredfold increase" refers to an indefinable number. In Genesis 8:22, God establishes …
Jesus sets a pattern for us by serving without thought of authority, power, position, status, fame, or gain, but as a patient, enduring, faithful servant.