Incompetent farmer or brillant Evangelist?

Posted: June 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

No matter how many times I read the Bible something new always pops out, like I’m reading it all over again for the first time. This happened again just a few days ago. I was reading the Parable of the Sower, which is my favorite parable, and I feel like the Spirit revealed something to me that I never saw before. Here’s the parable.

The Parable of the Sower

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: “Listen! 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, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” (Mark 4:1-8 NIV)

    I’ve read this parable many times and even spoke on it a few times but in this last reading I thought about the farmer casting seeds on the rocks, along the path, and even in the thorns. What farmer does that?

I see farmers out tilling the soil with their big tractors and then planting corn in the fertile soil but never once in my whole life did I see a farmer planting corn on a bunch of rocks, let alone thorns. The farmer in Jesus’ story didn’t seem to be a very competent farmer.

As I pondered why Jesus would use this farmer as a role model in a story about planting seeds the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and revealed a new truth to me.

The farmer in Jesus’ parable was not only competent but doing the evangelistic work we are all called to. Jesus was giving us an example to follow.

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    The farmer, by the world’s standards is crazy because he’s out there casting seeds in all sorts of places we know ain’t nothing gonna grow. We’re like, “Dude what’s up? You are wasting your time planting seeds in all these bad situations. Stick to the good looking soil buddy.”

But the farmer ain’t having none of that. He just keeps on throwing seed in every direction. We shake our heads and say, “what an idiot.”

But here’s what Jesus was trying to tell you and me; Scatter seed everywhere. Scatter seeds over the rocky lives of drug addicts, prostitutes, alcoholics, thieves, murderers, EVERYWHERE.

Jesus is saying, “Don’t prejudge. Don’t prequalify. It’s up to me where the seeds grow, you just plant. That’s your only job and when I’m done growing who I want to grow, you can pull in the harvest. For now plant the seeds of salvation everywhere you go to everyone you come into contact with. Get to work farmer.”

Remember you get credit for scattering seeds, whether or not the seed sprouts so scatter as many seeds as you can.

Manure is good

    Manure is good for the soil and stimulates the growing process. The people we tend to avoid have a lot of manure, (so to speak), in their lives and they are usually the ones who grow into the strongest believers when Jesus is sprinkled on them.

Scatter seeds into the manure of people’s lives

stand back and watch God work

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