In the message “Plant and Water” we considered our call to join God in His work by planting the seed of His truth and watering with encouragement at every opportunity. We were also reminded to keep our focus on God as we “work” since He is the One Who makes all things grow.
We see this same principle in the parable of the farmer who scatters seed onto four different types of soil.
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
Usually, this parable is considered from the aspect of the different types of soil. The farmer represents anyone who plants the seed of God’s Word into someone’s life, and the different soils represent the different types of people who hear the gospel message. There is encouragement in these verses for us to be well tilled soil, free of weeds and ready to receive the Word of God. However, let’s consider this parable from the aspect of the farmer.
In the days of Christ, fields were planted by scattering or throwing out seed over all areas of a field. In this parable, the farmer is never criticized for waste as he throws seed on the path, in the weeds, or on the rocks. Planting day had arrived and it was the farmer’s job to simply scatter the seed. He was not required to evaluate the soil, and there was no special technique required for planting. As long as the seed was scattered over a wide area, it would reach the good soil and produce a bountiful crop.
We have been sent out as farmers into the fields of this world with God’s Word in our hand and written on our heart; “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). As we consider what to do with our seed, we must remember that the condition of the soil should never be our primary focus. God has entrusted us with a life changing message and it’s His desire for this message to be “scattered” to all!
There is definitely a time for tilling soil, pulling weeds, and digging out the rocks that hinder our spiritual growth and the growth of those within our care; but in the field which God has placed us today, the time is always right for planting. Let’s share His message of love and forgiveness, of Godly unity and peace. A new day has arrived! Regardless of our perception of the soil – regardless whether we believe they are ready – let’s pick up our bag, put on our boots, and be determined to scatter the seed!
Have a Christ Centered Day!
God’s Daily Word Ministries
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Jun 21 2 Kings 1:1-2:25; Acts 13:42-14:7; Psalm 139:1-24; Proverbs 17:19-21