A sower went out to sow.

That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

I love stories whether they are communicated orally, in writing or on video - stories have a way of drawing us in and teaching us in ways that nothing else can. Jesus understood this and often taught in stories that are called parables. He begins this passage in Matthew telling the first of six parables. In a few days I will speak to this one in specific (when Jesus explains it to the disciples) but today I want to speak about it in general.

The story is so universal because everyone, especially those present, understood the idea of planting seeds. Here are a few points we can glean from it:
  1. The sower cast seed on places he knew that the seed would not grow. When I think about that I consider how needlessly careful I am when I speak about God. It is better to speak truth in love and let the seed fall where it may.
  2. The sower had no control over the condition of the soil. The sower only sows.. it is not his responsibility to plow.. he is only concerned about casting seed. It is good when we know what our role is and what it is not.
  3. The sower did not know what the results his sowing would produce. We really do not know what results our words will have. All we can know is the motives and attitude that we speak them with. It is up to the hearer to actually hear.
These verses speak to me about how limited our responsibility is and how we need to trust the Lord as we cast spiritual seeds in the world.

Lord, help me to have the confidence to cast your seed in the world.

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