“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
sow and grow published week of april 25, 2021
The group of people Jesus was addressing must have know something about farming as they listened to Jesus teach the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9). The illustration Jesus used is interesting and tells us a lot about our role in bringing lost sinners back to the Father. We know that a farmer cannot make the crops grow and he certainly cannot control the weather or the condition of the soil. Rather, the farmer's job is to diligently plant the seeds. His working of the soil is dependent on many factors that are beyond his control but he cannot make the ground fertile. A diligent farmer can only steadfastly tend to the planted crops. As followers (disciples) of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege and honor of sowing the seeds of the Gospel. I find it interesting that in the Parable of the Sower, there is actually little focus on the sower and come to think about it, there is not much focus on the seeds either. I think it is apparent that most of the focus is on the ground . . . the soil where the seeds fall. That is an interesting fact that must not be missed as it teaches us about our role in spreading the Gospel? The success or failure of the harvest is not dependent on the sower, but on the soil. This is really good news for us as sowers who sometimes don't get everything correct.
Think about it: our part in growing God’s Kingdom is to sow and leave the rest to God. Just like a farmer, we must diligently tend the ground and plant the seeds God has entrusted to us. We cannot make it rain and we are not responsible for the seeds taking root and springing forth in faith. Rather, we must only sow, sow, sow. It is God who reaches the person’s heart as only He can open the eyes of the blind and give new life. Almighty God is the forgiver of sins and the giver of faith, not us. Our role is to be the dedicated farmer who eagerly observes the new growth and thus becomes motivated to sow more and more seeds.
Our availability trumps our ability to do His work. We must not see our techniques and talents, nor our education and eloquence as what is most important. Rather, what really matters is our willingness to sow. This willingness is our part, our privilege, and our calling. Are you sitting or sowing? As a farmer for Jesus, you have in your hands the seeds of life.
“Heavenly Father, help me to be bold and confident in Your ability to use me despite my flaws, fears, and failures. I want to be eager and enthusiastic to sow the seeds of Your great love to others along the way today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”