“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.”
Jesus told people the parable of the sower. The farmer went out and sowed the seed all over his field. Some fell along the path. Some fell on rocky ground. Some fell among thorns and some fell on the good soil.
He explained that the seed is the word of God. The path represents those who do not receive it and it is taken from them by the devil. The rocky ground describes those who find it attractive but do not let it take root within them, so that in testing times they forget it. The thorns are those who lives are choked by its worries, pleasures and riches which overshadow everything else – so that they never grow in faith. Whilst ‘the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.’
Apart from the challenge of which state represents our lives there is a telling point made for us in our Christian ministry. It is this – the same seed was given to all people. Neither the farmer in the story, nor Christ in His ministry, kept the word of God from anyone. Everyone was welcome to hear it and then to choose their response. No one could have said to Him, ‘But You didn’t tell me.’
We are not called to be selective and to assume to judge whether people might be receptive or not. Instead we are commissioned to share the good news far and wide – with the same lavish and almost wasteful unconcern shown by the farmer. Everyone everywhere should receive it. God has given seed to each one of us in terms of both Scripture and His love at work in our lives. We are surrounded by the barren fields of dusty desolation, and who knows who is waiting for us – just as we once may have been waiting for someone.
Pray for your situations and the people you encounter. Ask God for guidance, love and courage.
Lord Jesus help me to sow Your love and word wherever I am – through the way that I am and the message I give out. Amen.