An ageing king woke up one day to the realization that
should he drop dead, there would be no male in the
royal family to take his place.
He was the last male in the royal family in a culture
where only a male could succeed to the throne - and he
He decided that if he could not give birth to a male,
he would adopt a son who then could take his place but
he insisted that such an adopted son must be
extraordinary in every sense of the word.
So he launched a competition in his kingdom, open to
all boys, no matter what their background. Ten boys
made it to the very top.
There was little to separate these boys in terms of
intelligence and physical attributes and capabilities.
The king said to them, "I have one last test and
whoever comes top will become my adopted son and heir
to my throne." Then he said, "This kingdom depends
solely on agriculture.
So the king must know how to cultivate plants. So here
is a seed of corn for each of you.
Take it home and plant and nurture it for three weeks.
At the end of three weeks, we shall see who has done
the best job of cultivating the seed.
That person will be my heir-apparent."
The boys took their seeds and hurried home. They each
got a flower pot and planted the seed as soon as they
There was much excitement in the kingdom as the people
waited with bated breath to see who was destined to be
their next king.
In one home, the boy and his parents were almost
heartbroken when after days of intense care, the seed
failed to sprout.
He did not know what had gone wrong with his.
He had selected the soil carefully, he had applied the
right quantity and type of fertilizer, he had been
very dutiful in watering it at the right intervals, he
had even prayed over it day and night and yet his seed
had turned out to be unproductive.
Some of his friends advised him to go and buy a seed
from the market and plant that.
"After all," they said, "how can anyone tell one seed
of corn from another?" But his parents who had always
taught him the value of integrity reminded him that if
the king wanted them to plant any corn, he would have
asked them to go for their own seed. "If you take
anything different from what the king gave you that
would be dishonesty.
Maybe we are not destined for the throne.
If so, let it be but don't be found to have deceived
the king," they told him.
The d-day came and the boys returned to the palace
each of them proudly exhibiting a very fine corn
It was obvious that the other nine boys had had great
success with their seeds.
The king began making his way down the line of eager
boys and asked each of them, "Is this what came out of
the seed I gave you?" And each boy responded, "Yes,
your majesty." And the king would nod and move down
The king finally got to the last boy in the line-up.
The boy was shaking with fear. He knew that the king
was going to have him thrown into prison for wasting
"What did you do with the seed I gave you?" the king
"I planted it and cared for it diligently, your
majesty, but alas it failed to sprout." the boy said
tearfully as the crowd booed him.
But the king raised his hands and signaled for
silence. Then he said, "My people, behold your next
king." The people were confused. "Why that one?" many
"How can he be the right choice?" The king took his
place on his throne with the boy by his side and said,
"I gave these boys boiled seeds. This test was not for
It was the test of character; a test of integrity. It
was the ultimate test.
If a king must have one quality, it must be that he
should be above dishonesty.
Only this boy passed the test. A boiled seed cannot
We live in a society that has become obsessed with
success and many show success at any cost. We say the
end justifies the means. It is the tragedy of life.
You see, failure often is an invitation to God to show
that he is all-powerful and does not need help to make
us great or to bless us.
You know, sometimes God looks for people who will
trust him completely no matter what so he could show
the world that it is not by might or by power but by
God sometimes ordains failure.
But many seek to circumvent divinely ordained failure
by resorting to dubious means.
When a civil servant builds a big house and sends his
five children to expensive schools when he does not
have a second source of income, is that not a case of
a boiled seed sprouting?
When a minister of state is able to sustain a lavish
mistress and at the same time put up houses from his
income as minister, is that not a case of a boiled
seed coming to life?
We should stop cheering rogues in WORLD!.
I believe that we have all been given lives to lead
according to God's plan and if we are living
faithfully, we should all have different results.
For instance, I believe that not all marriages are
meant to have children.
I believe that some women would stand before God with
their children and God would say, "That's strange. I
did not give you and your husband children so how did
you get these?" I believe that not every student
should make it to the university.
So, many would stand before God with their
certificates and God would say, "Now that is strange.
How did you get to the university when I closed the
door to the university to you?"
I believe that not all people are supposed to marry.
But there are those who would throw away their
scruples just to get a spouse. Now before God's
judgement throne, they would hear, "Now that is
You were to remain single to honour my name. So how
did you get a spouse when I did not give you one?"
The bible says the race is not for the swift and the
battle is not for the strong. So how come, that in
WORLD the swift wins the race and the strong the
It is because we are refusing to remain faithful to
God and refusing to allow God to be God in all things
and in our affairs.
Boiled seed does not sprout.
Next time you see a successful person, find out what
kind of seed he was given and ask him, "how come your
boiled seed has sprouted?"