Saturday, March 21, 2009

Planting Seeds

There are many references to harvesting, planting, sowing seeds in the Bible. Jesus speaks several parables about such things. One such passage comes from the Parable of the Sower. At home, we are literally planting seeds. Matthew 13 records this parable "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9He who has ears, let him hear."
This parable is also recorded in Mark and Luke. Needless to say the disciples are a little confused by the parable. So Jesus pulls them aside and explains it to them.
18"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." If you are still reading this post then God bless you.
Have you ever started something from seed? It's not that easy, especially if you want to produce a good crop. We are starting tomato plants and herbs from seeds this year. We have the trays to start them in, we have "seed starter mix" which is not just dirt. You can't just go out side and dig up some rich Missouri soil, you need "seed starter mix". It's a whole thing. Anyway, you also need water and grow lights. Check out our family blog over here to see what I am describing. If you look back to the parable not all the seeds grow and bear fruit. In fact, 3/4 of the seeds end up dying. Now we are nowhere near that rate hear at home. Out of the 100 seeds we planted, we ended up with 90 plants. That is pretty good.
But we had to take great care with the grow lights, the water and the soil. Now when Jesus spoke of sowing seeds it sounds like they were sowing or scattering seeds all over the place. And in the church we translate this as sharing the Good News everywhere we go. Sadly, some only share the Gospel with a small amount of people. To reach those who are far from God means that we need to sow seeds all over the place. Home, workplace, school, family gatherings, restaurants, grocery store and wherever you feel led to share. No you do not need to take your Bible and quote scripture, in fact, most of the time you won't have to do anything. The Holy Spirit will lead you into moments where you can share with others.
Alright, final example. I carry our Dave Ramsey wallet around with us. And usually when I pull it out to pay for something the cashier asks me about it. And sometimes I am able to share with them why we have it and where they can find one. And on a rare occasion, I will even tell them I am a Christian....and even, yikes a pastor. And then their eyes light up and they ask to be baptized. Alright, it doesn't go like that, usually their eyes glaze over. Really though, it has given me an opportunity to plant a seed. And next time I see them, maybe I can add some light and maybe, just maybe, that seed might grow. Be the light this day, and every day. Go in peace and go with God.
Seeds under grow lights (top left) (top right) Herbs that are growing

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