Friday, August 2, 2013

The Lessons of the Parable of the Sower

Scripture: Matthew 13:23

"And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty." 

Insights:  There are three lessons we need to think about regarding this parable.  First, what kind of soil are you?  I pray you are good soil, but if you are that hard stuff that the birds just take the seed off, you better ask God to plow your heart.  If you're that rocky soil underneath a soft superficial exterior, you better ask God to plow deeper.  If you're that weedy soil, you better ask the Lord to clean you so you can receive with purity the gospel.  Second, you must realize your talent is NOT the issue.  For illustration, take a little five year old kid who wants to go out and sow a field with his daddy.  His father knows how to sow beautifully, but the boy throws that seed just mimicking his father.  The little kid's throwing seed all over the place and it may not be as much seed hitting the good soil when the little guy throws it as when his dad does, but when the seed hits the good soil, it doesn't matter who threw it. It's going to grow. It does not depend on the talent of the sower.  Some people say I'd like to witness for the Lord, but I don’t know what to say.  That excuse isn't the issue.  The issue is the condition of the soil, not the talent of the sower.  Just go out there and throw the seed.  Third, ask the Lord to plow the fields.  Sometimes the Lord plows up the stuff that doesn't receive the seed the first time, so don't give up.  Be faithful no matter if the soil is hard, shallow, or weedy.  Just keep sowing and ask God, by His grace, to do some more tilling in that soil.  So Beloved, keep throwing the seed in that same field over and over, over and over, over and over and see if the Lord won't break up the soil.  All you have to do is be obedient to the Father and do what He commands you to do, which is so the seed.  He does the rest of the work. 

  1. For whom are you praying the Lord to plow their soil?
  2. Are you willing to sow seed and leave the results to the Lord?
Prayer: Father, stir my heart to have a bold passion for the lost in this world.  Grant me the courage to share the saving grace of Your Son, Jesus.  Amen.

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