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.


Autumn: A Time Of Change

Autumn house

Autumn or Fall, depending on where you live, is a time of a lot of change. The further north you are, the more you will see the change in the season. The temperature will start to drop and the leaves will begin to turn many colors, other than green. The grass will start to turn brown and slow down on growing. Many plants will begin to die off until spring comes around. Change is occurring.

As the temperature starts to drop, people start bringing out their sweaters or coats. Occasionally one will have to start to turn on the furnace in the house or the heater in the car. Some people will start packing up all their summer clothes and pull out the winter clothing, changing their whole wardrobe out. Change is occurring.

Fall coats

Along with all the weather changes, school has started up again. From elementary school, all the way up through college, students are going back to school. In college towns the traffic is picking up, new drivers everywhere. Teachers are working again hard after having a summer off. Change is occurring.

Some people love the change that is happening. Those who live up on the New England states love the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. College students are often excited to be starting a new year, closer to graduation. Students in school are usually excited to see many of their friends who they have not seen all summer.

back to school

While many love the changes that are occurring, there are also many who do not like the change. Many love the flowers that grow during the summer and will miss them as fall happens and winter is coming. Many do not like the cooler weather (though I don’t know why). Some students don’t like the idea of school coming again because of all the tests and projects to be done. And many just do not like change, they like things to stay the same.

Change is something that is supposed to happen. God talks about change. People are supposed to change and become more like Jesus each day.

2 Corinthians 5:17 New International Version (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

If you are a believer in Jesus, you are to change and become a new creation. Your old life is to pass away. The way you used to do things must come to an end. All the sin that you had done, must be thrown away. This is done by the death of Christ upon the cross.

John 12:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

Kernel of wheat

You must die to your old ways of living. The good thing is that if you allow your old self to die, many new things can come out of it. Just like a kernel of wheat that has a seed fall to the ground and die. After a time, the seed will produce a new plant of wheat, which then will produce more seeds and more wheat

One of the hard parts about change is not always knowing how things are going to change. What will they change to? How will it affect you?

Hebrews 13:8 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Jesus has never changed and never will. God is the same today as He was during the time of Abraham and will be forever more the same.

Change in your life is often see in dying to self. Going through that type of change is not always fun or easy. However, when you die to self and begin to show Jesus to others, life will begin to happen. Other people will see the change and want to be a part of it. Others will see the love of Jesus in you and want to have that same love.

As you are going through some change, regardless of what the change is in your life, allow God to use it to build His kingdom. Trust that God knows what He is doing. God is there for you, not against you. He will walk you through the changes in this life.

time for change

Do not fear any change that God may be bringing into your life. God is using all change for your benefit. Ask God to reveal to you how to change and how to use that change for His glory. Make a change in this world by being His witness and bringing another person to Jesus. Be the change that God wants you to be.

Year round God is in the season of change–changing lives from an old one of sin and death, to one of righteousness and life. As you go through this season of autumn, think about the change God is making in your own life.

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.

Matthew 13:20-21 Seeds On Rocky Ground

“The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives 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.” Matthew 13:20-21

Jesus is explaining a parable He had just told the people. The parable talks about a farmer sowing seeds and where those seeds land and what happens to them. The parable was a reference to how people hear the gospel message of the salvation Jesus provides.

In this part, the seeds fall on rocky ground. If you have ever planted seeds in a large area, you always first want to remove the rocks. Plants need soil in order to survive.

Walk in desert, mountainous areas of New Mexico where there is lots of rock. You may see a small scattering of plants, but very few. Most plants will not survive because of the lack of soil that they can place their roots into. A plant with very shallow roots can easily be pulled up.

In reference to people, these are people who hear the gospel message. They may have heard it in an exciting, pumped up way. The message may have talked about the good of serving God, and all about going to heaven. Their friends suddenly accept Jesus all around them, so they accept also.

No one told them of the troubles that will come with following Jesus. Later when they get ridiculed by others for following Jesus, they quit following Jesus. They cannot handle the pressure. They were not rooted deep enough.

Being rooted deeply, is that you know that you know, that you know Jesus has saved you and is real. There is nothing that can move or change that.

Whether you are a new believer, or one that has been serving God for years, you must be rooted deeply in Jesus. Get into the Bible daily. Stay in prayer constantly. Know Jesus intimately in your life and heart.

When you witness to someone, also, you must let them know that following Jesus may bring on some trouble. Jesus promised trouble, not just good times and heaven. Just like when you sign a contract and read all the fine print, read the Bible and see the truth of what you are doing in following Jesus.

Do not allow yourself or others be easily uprooted.

I pray today that God will make Himself more real to you than ever before; that you will immerse yourself in God’s Word and prayer; that you will have deep roots in Jesus; that God will not allow anything to shake your belief in Jesus; and that God will help you be fruitful and build His kingdom.