Mark 4:3-8 (MSG)
“Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.”
So I had an interesting thought about this passage. I’ve always thought of myself on the receiving side of this story, the one receiving the seed, wondering which soil my own heart represented. But aren’t we also called to be like the farmer? Aren’t we supposed to be seed spreaders? And how true that as farmers, we will be scattering seeds on all four different types of soils…hearts.
Some hearts we cast the seed of truth on will be hard. Some will be enthusiastic at first, but will quickly fall away when trouble hits. Still others will get overwhelmed with worry and become choked by the busyness and cares of this life. But then there will be those hearts who will receive it, embrace it, and the seed of God’s truth will take deep root and produce a great harvest.
Yes, we are also the seed spreaders. We are the farmers.
Our task is not to examine and analyze which type of soil we should or should not scatter seed on. Our job is to simply spread seed.
We are to be faithful to keep spreading the seed of the good news of Jesus Christ. The Lord is the One who is in charge of bringing about the harvest. And there’s no type of soil He can’t penetrate!!!
1Corinthians 3:6-7 (MSG) says, “I planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow.”
Hope you have a blessed day, precious seed spreader! 🙂