Mark 4:3 Sowing The Seed

Scattering Seed

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.” Mark 4:3

As was common for Jesus, He began to teach another parable. This one is about a farmer going out and sowing some seed. The seed falls in different places and has various results as to its growth or lack of growth.

During the time of Jesus the method of sowing seed was to carry a bag of seed into the field. The farmer would take handfuls of that seed and scatter it all over the field as he walked along. There was often very little pattern in where the seeds would land.

In modern times, when a farmer is planting a large field of produce, machines are often used to lay out the seeds. It is a very precise planting of the seeds. This is to keep the produce in set rows and at a correct distance from each other to maximize the growth pattern.

A lot of care is placed in preparing the field for the planting. Rocks and weeds are removed. The area is leveled out to be ready for the seeds. Compost and pesticides are often spread out first.

For the average person planting a small garden the same preparation takes place. However, instead of using machines to plant the seeds, they are planted by hand in specific rows and spacing.

The seeds that Jesus was talking about is not just plant seeds, but the word of God. Believers are to go out and scatter the seeds of the word of God wherever they go.

Often some believers will not talk about the gospel message with certain people because they believe the people would not hear it at all. The will tend to be quiet about their belief.

As a believer you must be willing to scatter your seed anywhere and everywhere. You do not know where that seed will take root and sprout and produce a great crop.

If you pick and choose where you will scatter, you will not scatter much seed. Along with that you will not see a great harvest.

The more you spread the gospel message, the better chance of seeing people turn to Jesus. The better chance you will have of seeing the gospel message spreading and God’s kingdom growing.

Do not be afraid of scattering small messages of the gospel. God can work with those seeds. Scatter God’s seed everywhere.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to share the gospel message; that God will show and increase in the growth of your seeds; and that God’s kingdom will grow because of your sowing.

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Isaiah 28:24-25 Move On To Plant

When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Isaiah 28:24-25

Growing plants for food takes a lot of work, regardless whether one is a farmer with a large field, or a person with just a small garden. The first part of growing the food is getting the ground ready for planting. The ground must be tilled up and the weeds removed to be ready.

The purpose of tilling the ground up is so that the dirt is loosened up enough for the seed to be able to grow in. Before it gets tilled, the ground is hard and makes it very difficult for the seed to grow and spread out its roots.

If a farmer just continues to till the ground, nothing will grow. Seeds must be planted in the tilled ground in order for any plants to grow. Until the seeds have been planted and they grow, there will be no vegetables or fruits available for harvesting. All the work will be worthless and in vain.

Life works in the same way. Many people, who are believers, are in the world just tilling up the ground. They are working at fitting into the world to gain the world’s attention and respect. They strive to be a friend to someone in the world so that they can be a witness to that person.

Often believers will talk about sins and what is right or wrong. They will point out the dangers of sinful lifestyles or actions. Many try to get the government to make rules against sinful actions or lifestyles. However, they stop there and never plant a seed of who Jesus really is and what He can do for a person.

As a believer in Jesus, you must be willing to till the ground in the hearts of people. But, just like the farmer, you must also start planting some seeds.

The seeds that you must plant are the seeds of God’s love, mercy, forgiveness, judgment, provision, healing, and all other attributes of God. Let people know about Jesus and give them a chance to accept Him.

Are you planting seeds today?

Or are you just tilling the ground up?

I pray today that God will guide you in tilling the ground around you; that God will show you ways to plant the seeds; that God will guide you in what seeds to plant in the lives of others; and that many will come to know Jesus through your planting.