The Parable of the Sower
“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” (Luke 8:5-8)
On Sunday Jon preached from Luke 8 on the perseverance of believers in hearing and obeying the word of God. In the parable of the sower, the word of God has been likened to a seed that when it fell on good soil yielded a hundredfold. We are the soil. When we hear the word of God, believe and obey then we are the good soil. But what is this hundredfold yield? To stick with the metaphor, the plant that grows out of the seed would produce more seeds. We should be sharing the word of God. Often overtly by speaking the gospel, but always by acknowledging Him as it says in Proverbs in our ways.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Notice also that in the parable we are the soil, we are not tending the soil. We know from scripture that we do not save. The Lord has chosen for us to share our faith and joy, but the harvest is His. The glory is His. Let's pray that the seed of God's word would multiply from our mouths, that God would prepare the soil before us, and that we would see the fruit of His harvest.
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field... (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)
We would love for you to join us in prayer this Friday. If you can make it in person we will meet at 52 Clark St. in Medford at 6:30 AM. If you can not make it in person, you can sign-up to receive a copy of the prayer guide and submit prayer requests here.