By Ryan Kelly
We have all heard the parable of the sower from Matthew 13, which describes the scattering of ‘seed’ in a field and the result of the seed on the different types of soil. This parable can be taken in several directions, but the two best ask the questions, “what type of soil are you sowing, and what type of soil are you?”
When we sow, we cannot affect the soil by which we are planting. If it is rocky or thorny soil, the seed will struggle to thrive and will often die out. This is the result of so many people that have an emotional response to the Gospel, but due to lack of depth or problems in someone’s life, the Gospel message cannot take hold. Obviously the best soil is the one that is fertile and ready for the Gospel message.
One of the most frustrating things to me as a Christian is to have no power over the soil. I can share the good news of Jesus all day, but I have no control over whether it is accepted by someone who hears. But this shouldn’t be frustrating, it should be encouraging. Acceptance is not our job as Christians, but rather our job is to share. If someone accepts Jesus, it is their decision through the will of God and there is nothing that you or I can do about that. If they do not, perhaps it’s just not their time.
To the second question, are you fertile soil? I certainly hope that the answer is yes and that the Holy Spirit is growing you in righteousness as He is me. If he is not, I urge you to evaluate yourself and determine if there is something in your life that is preventing the Lord from growing you in the manner that He intends to. If there is, you must get rid of it and ensure that you have a life that allows you to grow in your faith.
I say this to be encouraging to you when witnessing to those around you. If you don’t see immediate results from your efforts, be encouraged that you are doing what the Lord has asked of you. Most importantly, we most love others enough to take the risk and the chance at telling them about the love of Jesus. This is the love that will show others our faith.
“Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along 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. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:3-8