The sower sows the word. Mark 4:14 (NKJV)
I have great concern for the church at this time in the midst of the ongoing shaking and turmoil. We are in desperate times. America is in immense turmoil. I’ve been calling out to the church at the direction of the Holy Spirit, to awaken from its slumber for a number of years. The church must arise to its call and position of authority given it. I believe the future of this nation depends on it.
It’s always amazing to me when God answers you questions by teaching or reminding you of something in the natural. I love it when the Lord answers my prayers by giving me a reference from His Word. I grew up in a rural county in Virginia. Some might say my father was “a jack of all trades”. He loved to farm, like his father, among other things.
This morning while working on my lawn because the heat is killing my grass, I was reminded of the parable of the sower in Mark Chapter 4. Oftentimes Jesus would teach the multitudes by the lake. The crowd that gathered around Him was so large that He would get into a boat and set in it out on the lake, while all the people were standing along the shore at the water’s edge to hear His message (Mark 4:1-3). Throughout Scriptures the voice of God is liken to the sound of many waters (Ezk. 1:24; 43:2; Dan. 10:6; Ps. 29:3-9; Rev.1:15)
One day, Jesus began to talk about a farmer who went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. This seems to be the problem with my lawn. There are a lot of rocks in the soil beneath it. I used a soil amendment with gypsum to improve the physical properties of the soil. Each time it rains the rocks come to the surface and the grass begins to grow.
Getting back to the parable, the seed sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root (another problem) In the parable, the other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Nevertheless, other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times. Jesus then says to the multitude “He who has ears to ear, let him hear.” (Mark 4:4-9)
The seed the farmer is sowing is the good news, God’s word. The people who hear the word, accept it, meditate on it, act on it, and bear fruit—receive a crop 30, 60, or 100 times larger than the farmer dropped to earth.
When Jesus was alone with the disciples, they started asking questions. Jesus always taught in parables, revealing to them that they had been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside of the kingdom everything is a parable so that seeing they may see and not perceive, and hearing they may hear and not understand so they may not turn back and be forgiven. (Mark 4-10).
Jesus then says to the disciples, “don’t you get it?” If you don’t get this parable, or see what I’m trying to teach you, how will you be able to understand any of the others? Understanding is key. The Bible says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” (Prov. 4:7)
A parable is a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson. The parable the of sower definitely helps me not only understand my lawn situation, but more importantly to be mindful to protect my heart in this heated and belligerent climate. It also teaches the importance of spending time in the Word daily and allowing it to take root in a pure heart. The condition of your heart is important if you desire to be a disciple of Christ. Weed seeds of bitterness, envy, strife and jealousy in your heart will kill the good seed of the Word sown before it can take root. Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
This is the cost of discipleship!
Your life is like a field, or a garden, and every day you are sowing seeds in that field, whether or not you realize it. Your thoughts are seed. Your words are seed. Whatever becomes of your life, what becomes of you, is first sowed in your mind and in your heart.
The scripture then draws a parallel: when you sow to the spirit, when you make spiritual investments by depositing the word of God (good seed), into your heart, you will harvest “life everlasting”. It is a spiritual law of sowing and harvesting. You’re making an investment for generations to come.
In today’s hot climate of divisiveness and belligerence, you have to guard our heart with all diligence because the decisions you make today will determine your future. You can’t afford to allow just any old thing (word) to get in your spirit. You have to protect the good seed that is sown.
In today’s hot climate of divisiveness and belligerence, you have to guard our heart with all diligence because the decisions you make today will determine your future.Tweet
Discipleship cost. If you desire to be among those who produce a good harvest you must be willing to pay the cost of discipleship. It will include your time and devotion to God and His Word, and commitment to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”. There is no other way. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
Mercy, peace and love be your in abundance!