Friday, December 18, 2015

Sowing the Seed

Sowing the Seed

Rachel V.
Matthew 13:1-9
The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, and some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Recently, some friends and I were passing out flyers for a church event. We were going through an apartment complex, and since one of the friends lived in an apartment there, we took a quick break. When a car pulled up to one of the doors, we watched to see what they would do with the flyer. They got out, pulled the flyer out of the door, crumpled it up, and tossed it aside.

Now this is so discouraging, and trust me, I’ve learned from experience. We are trying so hard to please our Lord; put people don’t give us, or God, the slightest thought. They just brush us aside, and laugh at us for being zealots.

But Jesus said this would happen. In Matthew 13:1-9, He tells us about a farmer who sows some seed. Some falls on the wayside and birds eat it up. Some falls in the stony ground, and it springs up, but it withers, because the dirt is too shallow. Some falls in the thorns, and gets choked.
All that good seed on the stony, shallow, thorny, crow infested ground. I’m sure the farmer was feeling discouraged, and thinking it was a waste of his time.

But some seed fell on good, fertile, rich ground, and brought forth a whole crop! Now had the farmer gotten discouraged, and not gone out to sow seed, would he have all that food? Of course not. You won’t get anything if you don’t try.

So don’t give up sisters in Christ! Keep planting the seed, even if it doesn’t seem to bring forth a whole crop at once. God will use your faithful hearts!

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.


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