Here a Seed, There a Seed, Everywhere a Seed, Seed

A farmer went out to sow his seed. Matthew 13:3

This is how Jesus began His parable of the soils and the seed. Before reading the body of this text, I couldn’t resist hovering over the magnificent truth found in the words, “A farmer went out to sow his seed.”


Sowing (Photo credit: Smithsonian Institution)

Did you catch the intentionality of the farmer’s efforts? The parable doesn’t begin with this man trying to determine whether he could find good soil. As a matter of fact, he doesn’t seem to pay any attention to the soil whatsoever. He simply sows seeds.

The message of the parable of course isn’t to teach us how to grow crops in the back forty. No one would wisely go out and throw seeds on rocks or in the midst of weeds. It is to inform us as to how the message of the gospel goes forth.

Still, this very thing does happen in the back forty. If you’ve done any garden planting, then you’re familiar with the fact that all of the seeds aren’t going to make it to fertile soil. At the end of each row, some seeds fall where the ground hasn’t been worked, and you know what happens to them. They don’t get buried and birds eat them.

What is interesting here though is that the farmer is willing to lose these seeds for the benefit of those which will find good ground. So the farmer simply sows.

This worker of the garden has a single intent; to sow seed. He went out to sow his seed.

Isn’t it exciting that this is the responsibility of every believer? We purposefully sow seeds. We need not sit around worrying whether what we sow is finding fertile soil, just that we are sowing. We don’t have to fret over finding the right ground. We are only called to be faithful planters in the gardens we have been given.

I can’t help but hear the words of Jesus here, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:30).”

If we’re faithful in sowing the seed of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Faithful Vinedresser will see to it that every intended fruit finds its ground and grows to maturity for His glory.

About mtsweat

Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Here a Seed, There a Seed, Everywhere a Seed, Seed

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Solomon gave two reasons for not sowing seeds
    • Laziness or discomfort – “The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing.” (Proverbs 20:4)
    • Fear of risk – “The slothful man saith, There is a lion without, I shall be slain in the streets.” (Proverbs 22:13)
    The bottom line – seed is not sown. Jesus was clear; the seed was never intended to be preserved in a tomb but to be invested into the field – the world.

    Archeologists found a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy. They were amazed to find several seeds of wheat held tightly by the mummy. The mummified body had withered, but the seeds were intact, held tightly in the ancient hand.
    If just one of those seeds had been planted in fertile soil and allowed to go through the normal cycles of growth and reproduction for twenty years, that one seed would have been able to produce the equivalent of the annual wheat harvest of the entire world. Instead, the seed lay inert for 4,000 years. Secure in the mummified hand but not accomplishing what the seed was intended to do – to reproduce after its kind.
    Unrealized potential is a tragic indictment: the legacy of “what might have been.” The power of a seed is only realized by being sown.

  2. May every blood-bought, adopted child of the living God be faithful to sow His Seed at every given opportunity while there is still time.

  3. Pingback: Another Seed of Thought | ChristianBlessings

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