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.”
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.
- Parable Purposes: Sowing Seeds (ptl2010.com)
- Parable Purposes: Sovereignty, Salvation, and the Spirit (ptl2010.com)