Day 18 - The Sower
“A sower went out to sow. As he sowed, some seeds fell long 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.” --Matthew 13:3-8
I used to read this parable as instructive; that we who have God’s word in the good news need to spread it as seeds regardless of where it may fall, but after studying the themes present in the other kingdom parables it is clear how inconsistent that interpretation is with Jesus’s teaching on the kingdom.
We’ve already seen this week that in the kingdom God plays the central role and mankind is affected by His actions. This parable is no different. Our senior pastor Andy Morgan preached on this parable once, and rightly related each individual to a condition described in these verses. Our hearts are the soils in which Jesus, as God’s Word, is sown, and God wants us to be aware of how He is received in the world, even by His followers.
If I had to be honest I would say my heart too often looks like the soil where the thorns grow. I allow the distractions in this world and the temptations satan sends my way to choke out the truth God gives. When we live receptive to Jesus and His authority, He tells us that our lives will show it.
Which of the four “soils” do you think describes the current condition of your heart? If you’re like me, there might be some work to do, but rather than beating yourself up, ask God how He can move you to a receptive condition that sees the fruit of a life lived in God’s truth.