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Week 24 Sowing the Word
March 25, 2013
Sowing the Word
“And these are they which are sown on good ground;
such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit,
some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
The parable of the sower tells of the different types of people by which the word of the Lord is preached to. It deals with the responses of those who hear it get. Apparently, the message is clear but the impact it has isn’t the same for everyone. Some acts in regard to it adequately but only for a short time, some does so but it eventually vapors out due to worries, some don’t put much look to it that the word was taken out in their lives for the short while and still there are the ones who prospered greatly producing many times as much. The variety of these categories by which those who listens to the word is clearly defined and it is in either of these four that they can fall into.
Jesus was on a boat back then and many people were crowding around him. A lot of individuals were near and in turn, the disciples look for a way to keep the people in an orderly manner. The people around were eager to hear what the Lord would say. Some have come from distant places. Long journeys were what they have to cover just for the event that was before them. It was soon that Jesus made it a point that he shall have himself in a boat to preach to them. He was loaded in and in the middle of the lake, he spoke about the parable of the sower.
Once there was a sower who have gone out to the field. With him was seeds by which have the potential to become great and wonderful trees. He began walking into the land and while he was doing this, he began to work costumary to what he intends to. He started spreading the seeds with the hope that they will one day become the strong trees they were intended to be. He pick some into his hand and up they go as he made them fly into the area.
As he was scattering the seeds, some fell on the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so they did not bear again. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times. (Mark 4:5-8)
The seeds that fell on the different places of the land represents the people that hear the word. As Jesus explained to his disciples, he told them:
“Some people are like seeds along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the words that is sown in them.”
They may have hear the word but it came to them as if it was a vehicle that just pass by. They give it no emphasis. They did not bear the time to be acquainted with it even better. It didn’t sink in to them the way God wants it to be. They quickly forget about it and go on with their life as if they have never heard of it. There’s no difference that can be seen in their ways. They are too busy that it doesn’t affect them much. They are the ones whom the word of the Lord must be shared to sincerely as they need him the most.
“Others like seed on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
The knowledge of the word was given to these kind of people but they have no stand. They may have taken it gladly into their lives but it is only temporary. It doesn’t last long. Soon, they will be in just like before they have never heard of the word. They would not be living in obedience to the Lord. When there would be people who are against the word, they would fall away. Their lack of faith would cause them to wander off just like what the persecutors would want them to. The joy they had would fade away as the hardships come.
“Still others, like seed sown among the thorns, hear the word: but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
Another one by which the word has reach the ears of people are like seeds sown among thorns. They may not have people persecuting them to wander away from the word, but their desires for earthly unproductive matters would cause them to. The worldly materials that would give them only temporary happiness would make them pursue other like stuffs causing them to be stagnant and fade away. They see the world as something that has a lot to offer than being true to the God’s word. They do not yet understand the value of not conforming to the pattern of the world. The transforming of their minds into a pleasant sight in the lord is that by which they should emphasize in their lives.
“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”
Finally those by which that fell on good soil are like seed that hear the word and became fruitful. They are those that accepted the word of the Lord with full gladness. Joy resides in their heart. The happiness of being in the Lord brings forth the individuals that the Lord intends them to be. Blessings and prosperity follow them throughout their lives. They remain true in obedience to the Lord. With their faith, they are able to be a good influence for their fellow believers. They lend a hand to those in need. Their works produce encouragement to everyone. Their lives are living testimonies of the goodness of the Lord. They do not worry in their days as they have an abundance in their homes. They are many times better than what they were before they met the Lord. They have become trees of strong stature. Their fruitfulness are unlike any other and they lack nothing in them. They are sought for by their fellow companions in Christ for their generosity. Their kindness also doesn’t come out of the scene. They are one of the bests people in the Land and many look to them for advice. Truly, they are blessed by the Lord.
To preach the word has been a task handed down to us as Christians. The seed represents the word of the Lord. We have a task of scattering the seed. For people to be able to hear the good news must be set as a priority in our lives. In this way, we can be fruit for those who will be doing the same sooner or later. The Lord can see our efforts and it is he that will make us more fruitful in the days to come.