Sowing and Growing

April 17, 2019

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.”  1 Peter 1:23

I don’t know if you know anything about farming, but the crowd Jesus was addressing in His Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9) must have.  The illustration Jesus used is interesting and tells us a lot about our role in bringing lost sinners back to the Father.  A farmer cannot make the crops grow, can he?  He cannot control the weather or the condition of the soil.  His job is to diligently plant seeds.  His working of the soil is dependent on many factors beyond his control.  He cannot make the ground fertile.  He can only steadfastly tend to it.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have the privilege of sowing the seeds of the Gospel.  It is interesting that in the Parable of the Sower, there is actually little focus on the sower.  There is not much focus on the seeds either.  Most of the focus is on the ground…the soil where the seeds fall.  What does this teach 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 good news for us flawed, timid, and sometimes downright goofy sowers, isn’t it?

Our part in growing God’s Kingdom is to sow.  The rest is up to God.  Just like a farmer, we must diligently tend the ground and plant the seeds that God has entrusted to us.  We cannot make it rain.  We are not responsible for the seeds taking root and springing forth in faith.  We must only sow, sow, sow.  Only God can reach a person’s heart.  Only He can open the eyes of the blind and give new life.  He is the forgiver of sins and the giver of faith, not us.  We are merely dedicated farmers so eager to see new growth that we sow seeds wherever we go.

Our techniques, talents, education and eloquence are not what are important.  Our willingness to sow is what matters.  That is our part, our privilege, our calling.  Are you sitting or sowing?  You have in your hands the seeds of life.

Father, Make me bold and confident in Your ability to use me, despite my fears, failures and shortcomings.  May my life be spent sowing the seeds of Your great love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Topics: God's Kingdom

Bible Reference

since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea.
And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach.
And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow.
And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them.
Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil,
but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away.
Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.
Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
He who has ears, let him hear.”