Wednesday, October 01, 2014

SERMON: We must sow seed of God

By DAVID BILDERBACK, Special to The Ottawa Herald | 7/18/2014

Jesus relates the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus says. “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. It 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. Other seed fell among he thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil where it produced a crop — 100, 60 or 30 times what was sown.”

Jesus relates the parable of the sower in Matthew 13.

“A farmer went out to sow his seed,” Jesus says. “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. It 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. Other seed fell among he thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil where it produced a crop — 100, 60 or 30 times what was sown.”

The farmer or sower of the seed is Jesus. The field is the world. The seed is the word of God.

Jesus is explaining how people respond to the word of God.

Some of the seed fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up; This is the response of someone who remains unmoved or disinterested in the word. Typically their own interests take precedence over God. Jesus says some fell on rocky ground; This is the person who takes interest in the word of God, but lacks commitment. They feel they would be compromising their life if they got involved with Christianity. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked it out; This person gets excited initially, but is involved in many other things and loses interest.

None of the three mentioned represent believers. They have heard the word of God, but have only professed to receive it.

Jesus then says still other seed fell on good soil and produced a crop well above what was sown; This is the person who takes the word of God and becomes a sower themselves.

If we analyze this parable, three-fourths of the time, the spoken word of God fails to take root and grow. Why is this?

“The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to [the Pharisees],” Jesus says to his disciples (Matthew 13:11).

Does this mean we are wasting our breath talking to some people? Probably so, but I don’t know who they are.

Jesus says we are to be sowers of the word. The time for harvest is in the future. I don’t know when, but I do know the time for sowing is now. We are not to consider ourselves with the harvest — just sowing the seed.

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