Are you white rice or brown rice?
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times what was sown.” -Mark 4:20
White rice cannot reproduce. If you plant it in the ground, it will do nothing.
White rice is meant for food, not for planting. Its purpose is nothing more than one tiny, tiny piece of your meal. So small you don’t even need to chew it.
Brown rice, on the other hand, will grow if you plant it–often bearing over 1,000 new grains in a single season. It still has its germ–the key ingredient for reproduction.
So what’s the original difference between brown and white rice? Do they come from different plants? Or is brown bred in a special way so that it can be used as seed?
Brown rice and white rice come from the same plant. There is no difference in how it is grown. There is no difference in how it is harvested. The difference is in how it is processed.
Brown rice is only shaken away from its chaff before going to the market–the bran and the germ are left. But white rice stays in production a little longer. After the chaff is removed, it continues to be cleaned, and even polished, before it is packaged and sold. It completely loses its bran and its germ.
So what kind of rice are you? If your Christian life consists of attending church, getting purified day by day, but never sharing–never getting planted–you might be getting whiter and whiter, and losing your ability to grow. You might become one very fine looking Christian–good enough to eat!–but you will never bear fruit.
You do not have to be purified to the maximum level in order to be planted. You do not have to stay in church, working on yourself year after year, until you attain some level of perfection high enough to become a suitable seed. In fact, the sooner you get out, the better. It’s often the newest Christians that make the most converts, just like it’s the lightly-processed seeds that grow the best.
One rice seed can turn into 1,000 in a single year. What could you do if you were planted?