HOST: Michael Whitworth
“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
We often call this parable, “The Parable of the Seeds," or “The Parable of the Soils," but Jesus calls it “The Parable of the Sower." Without the sower, there is no seed sown, and thus no opportunity for it to take root and grow. The sower's task was not to dig a hole and carefully plant a seed just right; it was to walk along through the field and scatter the seeds in abundance wherever they might fall. The more seeds he scattered, the more likelihood of a harvest. The "seed" is the word of God, and we are called to be the sowers. Our purpose and God-given task is to sow the seed of God's word into the hearts of men. It is not our place to judge the fertility of the soil and discriminately plant seeds only in the best of soils, but rather simply to sow. Some soils (hearts) will receive the seed and allow it to take root and grow; others will reject or resist the seed, and it will ultimately fail. Still, God wants us to sow. Sow in hard ground, sow in rocky ground, sow in ground overgrown with weeds, and sow in good ground. If we will sow, then God will bring the increase (1 Corinthians 3:6)!
What are some ways we can be sowers of the word of God?
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