Selective Scattering

“And he said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come’ ”
(Mark 4:26-29).

In this short parable, Jesus depicts a sower scattering seed on the ground. He then goes about his business, knowing that the harvest takes time. If conditions are right, he need do little else because the seed seems to grow by itself. Later he notices the seed has sprouted, producing a harvest. The thought is God takes the seed and from it produces believers. The preaching of the gospel produces good results:

“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere” (2 Corinthians 2:14).

But we should notice something about the seed scattering. The sower sowed it into the ground, not necessarily expensive ground, not the rich man’s ground, not the ground recommended by agricultural experts, but just the ground. We may take away a valuable lesson from this sower: We should think less about where we sow it, and concentrate on the actual deed of sowing it.

We can never predict where and how God will bless his Word. God knows the hearts. Unfortunately we do not. We cannot forecast who will respond and who will not. But we do have a promise that God will bless and honor His Word. As sowers, we bear precious seed, and we scatter that seed wherever. Some of it will take root, and produce a harvest. Some will fall on rocky soil or on ground that is infested with thorns. They will not produce, but rather choke the Word (see Matthew 13:1-8, 18-23). The point is that we cannot tell from our vantage point, nor can we predict where the Word will prove fruitful. So we continue to sow wherever we go.

As we live for Christ and spread His love, God will use us as lights to a dark world. Keep shining for Christ, knowing that He will use us and bless our efforts.

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