Mark 4:3 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
Those of us who garden (and some who don’t) know that a large portion of seeds are grown, or at least started, inside. While the weather is still frosty, fragile seedlings flourish on windowsills and under heat lamps. However, there comes a time where gardeners must go out and sow in their gardens; no good gardener does one without the other.
This concept may seem simple, but it so often escapes us in our church communities. As Christ’s disciples, we are called to have the world as our garden, sowing the Word of God in every heart. However, we too often become comfortable sowing inside our churches. We care for and nourish a thriving flock and forget the hearts outside the church prepared for the Word. Our churches are lush and plush and the outside world is barren.
Jesus sowed the gospel to all and we must follow His example. Change comes one member, one believer at a time. Make it your mission to go out and sow to those around you, not just the members of your church. Who knows? The seed may fall on good ground and yield a 100 fold harvest. You won’t know until you sow.
Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 28:19, 20 – 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Psalm 143:10 – Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.
The way of righteousness is foreign to human feet. We desire the things of the flesh naturally and walk in its path. It is not in our hearts to do right or to even desire right. We are born in sin, shaped in iniquity, and hardened in it all our lives (Psalm 51:5).
There is, however, hope. There is a God in heaven who longs to change our desires and replace our natures with His. He wishes to teach us to do His will and to walk in the ways of righteousness. If only we would relinquish our stubborn, iron wills and pray the prayer of David: “Teach me to do Thy will…lead me into the land of uprightness.”
Psalm 25:4 – Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.
Psalm 119:33 – Teach me, O Lord, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 – 26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. 27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
Numbers 14:9 – Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.
The Lord has given us all a promise of Canaan. Whether or not we will have a taste of it now or must wait until heaven, the land of milk and honey is promised to all who are His. Too often though, His flock resembles fearful, doubtful Israelites more than ransomed, righteous saints. A group too afraid to claim God’s promises and doubtful enough to long for a life of bondage.
Brothers and sisters, trust God and take Him at His word. The things he has promised to His children will surely come to pass, we need only believe. When obstacles block your path to Canaan in the coming days and weeks, adopt the mindset of God’s servant Joshua: “The Lord is with us. Fear… not.”
Romans 8:31 – What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Matthew 17:20 -And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.