Sowing Seeds of Hope
Most of us have planted seeds and experienced the excitement of watching a plant grow. In this well-known parable, Jesus talks about sowing seeds and different types of soils representing the human heart. This parable draws us in as we try to figure out why the story is being told this way. It wouldn’t make sense for a farmer to scatter his valuable seeds carelessly. But as it turns out, Jesus invites us to learn something about sowing seeds of hope. From an agricultural point of view, the farmer or Sower may seem careless, but Jesus isn’t giving farming advice. He is illustrating how the Word of God should be spread.
Friends, the farmer doesn’t prejudge the soil in this parable; he just faithfully sows the seeds. Sharing God’s Word does not make presumptions about the human heart. As Jeremiah said, “Who can understand the human heart.” As Sowers of God's Word, we are called to faithfully sow seeds and not worry about the ROI. It’s difficult for some not to think about efficiency, investment risks, and rates of return, but let’s face it, as sinners, Jesus certainly took a risk on us. But thanks be to God; His Word found our hearts. The question becomes, what are you doing with the gift of God’s Word today? Are you sowing seeds of hope or measuring risk and analyzing soil? Just sow God's Word and let seeds of hope grow and amaze you again!
Onward and Upward,