In the Parable of the Sower, the Lord Jesus Christ calls us to sow good seeds in the lives of people.
The Parable of the Sower is located in Matthew chapter 13. It starts out with this verse:
Matthew 13:3. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. (ESV translation)
THE SOWER SOWS SEEDS
There’s a sower. This sower sows seeds. He flings seeds all over the place. Every location gets seeds. The crushed soil of the path gets seeds. Rocky soil gets seeds. Thorny soil gets seeds. And fertile soil gets seeds, too.
The sower wants life to sprout. The sower is willing to invest time and effort and materials into every type of soil, even if the soil doesn’t seem promising.
What does the sower sow? The sower sows seeds. Seeds are good things. Seeds become a plant. Seeds hold the promise of new life, new directions, hope and a future.
GOD THE FATHER SOWS JESUS CHRIST
God the Father sows seeds, too. He flings the seed of Jesus Christ into the hearts and lives of people everywhere. Every person gets a touch from Jesus Christ.
The crushed person gets a touch from Jesus. The rocky person gets a touch from Jesus. The thorny person also gets a touch from Jesus. And the spiritually fertile person gets a touch from Jesus, too.
God the Father wants eternal life to sprout. He is willing to invest time and effort and spiritual materials into every person, even if the person does not seem promising.
What does God the Father sow? He sows Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is a good thing. He holds the promise of new life, new directions, hope and a future.
PEOPLE SOW SEEDS TOO
So the Sower sows seeds into the various soils. And God the Father sows the seed of Jesus Christ into our lives. People sow seeds, too. What kind of seeds do they sow?
Sometimes people sow bad seeds. They might say, “You’re no good.” Or “You’ll never amount to nothing.” Maybe they were dishonest. Maybe they didn’t honor their commitment. Maybe they were a bad influence.
Perhaps those types of seeds been sown into your life. Maybe it was from someone important to you. These seeds discourage. They divide. They steal. They kill off the good growth in our lives. They destroy. Really, they’re poison. They are as helpful as watering a flower with bleach.
Jesus did not come to steal or kill or destroy. Rather, he came that we might have life, life to the full (see John 10:10). He is the good seed itself. When someone sows bad seed in your life, that poisonous effect need not ruin your life. No, you can let the good seed of Jesus Christ take over.
AND WE SOW SEEDS TOO
So the sower sows seeds into the various soils. And God the Father sows the seed of Jesus Christ into our lives. And people sow seeds. Lastly, we sow seeds. What kind of seeds do we sow?
With our words and actions, we can sow good seeds into the lives of others. What words will build people up? What will give them confidence? What seeds will help shore up the weaknesses in their lives? What seeds will help them feel God’s love? What seeds will show them how important and precious they are? What seeds will help them in their hour of need? What seeds will change lives for the better?
God the Father sows seeds. He flings those seeds all over the place. He flings the grace of Jesus Christ into the hearts and lives of people everywhere.
God the Father wants eternal life to sprout. God the Father is willing to invest time and effort and spiritual materials into every person, even if the person does not seem promising.
Like God the Father, we too can sow seeds. We can sow seeds into the lives of people. What kind of seeds would you like to sow into the people in your life?
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