Setting: Introduce the time, place, and person
A man pursued his dream of becoming a farmer by purchasing 100 acres of land, all the necessary tools, and a new tractor. He also got himself a hat and a fresh pair of overalls.
Conflict: Introduce the issue, concern, or problem
He said, “All right, I’m ready to go!” The next day he got up, had a nice breakfast, put his hat on, went outside, sat on the porch, and stared at his land all day.
Rising Action: Introduce a change to come
The man repeated the same action the following day, the next day, and even the day after. This routine went on for weeks, leaving him perplexed and constantly searching the ground for any indication of progress, but there was none.
Turning Point: Introduce the tipping point
According to natural laws, a seed must be planted for something to grow.
Resolution: A funny or feel-good ending
Despite having all the necessary tools, looking like a farmer, and even claiming to be one, there can be no yield without planting the seed.
Conclusion: Connect back to the purpose
In Mark, we see what Jesus says about the matter. “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.” Jesus compares the kingdom of God to a man who scatters seed. This means that to have a harvest, we need to sow the seed first. Similarly, in spiritual law, Jesus emphasized the importance of planting the seed of faith. The farmer who does this is confident and prepared to receive the harvest when it comes. We can expect a guaranteed harvest if we plant a seed for God’s kingdom by returning our tithes and offerings. So, let’s sow the seed today and look forward to a fruitful harvest in the future.