Luke 8:5–8 (NKJV)
5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8 But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
God is calling each of us to be a sower. This can be a difficult job with many frustrations along the way. The work He is calling us to is vital to the multiplication of the kingdom. Can we expect any spiritual fruit if we do not plant spiritual seed? Let’s take a look at the example we have in this faithful sower.
A Sower Went Out
This process starts out fairly simply, you must go out if you are going to plant any seed at all. You must leave the comfort zone of your home or church and venture out into the community. If you are going to plant spiritual seed you must go to the barren land. So that is the first step, just go! Mark 16:15 offers us… (15) And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature… Notice it does not say wait until you hear directly from the Lord, it just says go, no calling needed!
Some Fell By The Wayside
This seed had no impact at all. That does not mean you do not throw seed in this direction, it simply means it was unable to grow in this particular spot. Have you ever felt that the seeds you were trying to sow in a certain area were just being trampled on? This is one of the most frustrating things we face as a believer. We have this wonderful seed that can lead to so many wonderful things and the enemy simply devours it.
Some Fell On Rock
As we go through life throwing this spiritual seed, we will come across those who instantly accept God’s promises. When that happens it can be very uplifting. The frustration comes when they quickly wither away because they do no take the time to water and nurture their new belief. They do not allow their roots to dig in deep with the Word.
Some Fell Among Thorns
I think this is the perfect picture of jail ministry for me. You can drop that seed into the middle of a jail and the sin and evil that surround it can quickly choke it out. The same thing happens to those that are surrounded by worldly influences. The truth comes into these people’s lives and then is quickly chocked out.
Others Fall On Good Ground
Is this not what our evangelic hearts long for? You drop the seed, they accept it, and then the seed flourishes into fruit that produces more fruit. It is a beautiful thing when your spiritual seeds fall on the good ground. One thing to remember in this situation is that this seed will need to be continually watered and tended in order to fulfill its true potential. If you find good ground, make sure to be faithful to tend to it.
Just Throw The Seed
What do all of these situations have in common? seed was thrown. No matter where you are, whether you think you are in the thorns or the good ground… throw the seed. Our example here is not taking the time to judge whether or not the ground is ready for the seed, he just throws it. We are not to judge the ability of the ground we are throwing seed upon, it is our job to be faithful throwers of the seed and that is it.
See ground, throw seed!
Acts 20:24 (NKJV)
24 But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.