17th day of Lent
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.
Like so many other people, I have always loved and cherished the parables of Jesus Christ. They’re so wonderfully descriptive and illustrative, and no story that we can devise ever comes close to their perfection. Among all of His other qualities, Jesus was a master storyteller.
Today’s scripture is one of the most beloved of His parables. The parable of the sower is an amazing story of how the word of God is spread. But since its first telling, it has been misunderstood. Jesus doesn’t say directly who the sower is, but every indication is that it’s God himself. We aren’t the sower – although He may use us to spread the seed. But ultimately, God is the one who scatters the seed, and He’s very liberal in how he scatters it.
He so desperately wants everyone to come to know Him through His Son that he tosses the seeds among rocks, thorns, weeds – people who are hard-hearted, stiff-necked and unlikely to respond. But such is the character of our God that He still holds out hope that even the unlikely may heed the call of His Spirit and turn toward Him.
Meanwhile, He also throws the seed into fertile ground – those who are more likely to accept the message, as well as into the fertile hearts of those who already know and love Him. And it’s there that His message bears the greatest harvest, multiplying itself 30-, 60- and 100-fold. You and I are part of that harvest, and whenever we heed His word and follow it – especially where it leads us to build His Kingdom here on earth – we can expect the seed of His Word to grow in our lives.
Today, pray that the Lord will continue to plant His word in your life and that your heart will be fertile soil that will allow the seed to grow and multiply. Ask Him to give you the wisdom about how He would have you help build His Kingdom, and that He will help you keep focused outward to a world that desperately needs to know Him.
Reflection copyright © 2016 Doug DeBolt.
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