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“Planting Time” (Part 3)

Mark 4:3-7 –  Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.

Satan and God have been at odds since heaven. After the devil was evicted, he made it his mission to destroy God, His people, and the things of God; his mission is still the same. In the parable of the sower, the spread of the Word was met with opposition. In fact, Jesus himself, who is the Word, was met with opposition during His ministry on earth.

Throughout the past, the spread of God’s word has always been and will always be opposed. This opposition should not affect our sowing. God’s sowers should arm themselves with the Armor of God and continue to sow. Even though Satan may oppose, we needn’t fear: God is on our side.

Further Reading – Revelation 12:7-9 – And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Ephesians 6:10-18 – 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

“Planting Time” (Part 2)

Mark 4:4-8 – And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.

The sower in Jesus’ parable broadcasted his seed. This method spreads the seed on the ground around the sower instead of planting it in careful rows. As a result, he wasn’t picking and choosing exactly where he wanted his seed. He simply spread it about and he knew what fell on good, prepared ground would grow.

Different gardeners prefer to sow their seed in a myriad of different ways, but all sowers of the Word should broadcast. The Word of God should be shared non-discriminately with every heart in our path, whether we deem its ground good or not. The harvest will determine the condition of the heart, but for now, the sower’s responsibility is to simply sow.  Do not fret about the preparation or condition of the soil or the cultivation of the seed. As sowers, that is not our responsibility. We must simply sow.

Further Reading

1 Samuel 16:7 – But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for theLord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

Mark 16:15 – And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

“Planting Time (Part 1)”

Mark 4:3 – Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:

planting-seeds

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.

Further Reading

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.