Have we heard this parable?  What are we doing with it?

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Matthew 13

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But 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 sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

Matthew 13 is a familiar passage to any maturing Christian.  This parable of the sower explains much to us about sowing the seed of the gospel to the world; a simple overview is our goal this morning.  The key players are the sower, the seed, and the soil.  We are the sowers of the seeds of the gospel. It is God’s gospel, his message not ours.  We are to scatter the gospel seed throughout our lives regardless of who receives it and who doesn’t.  The seed, once put out there, might be plucked away by Satan who doesn’t want the gospel to be heard. The seed might be scorched by the pressures of this life again never taking root in the person’s life.  The seed might become tangled with the cares of this life and choked out before it comes to fruition.  Or, the seed of the gospel might take root in a life, mature and bring forth gospel fruit.

We see in this parable a battle between the power of the gospel, Satan, and the cares of this life.  There are many enemies to the gospel of God’s grace and we who plant this powerful seed do so with prayer, with love, and with compassion for the ones in whom we desire to plant the precious seed.  We grieve when the seed is plucked away, scorched, or choked.  We rejoice with the angels in heaven when the seed germinates and bears the fruit of faith, repentance, and more gospel seeds.

The last words of Jesus get our attention today.  Jesus concluded this parable as he did many of the parables stating that those who had ears to hear would understand. Besides being familiar with this parable, do we have ears to hear and to understand it?  Do we who know the seed and the soils pray for greater opportunities to successfully plant the gospel seeds into good soil?  When was the last time you planted the gospel seed into anyone’s heart and life?  If they rejected it remember that Jesus said some would. So we keep on planting looking for that receptive soil. Do you have ears to hear and to understand this parable of the Lord Jesus?  Ask him today to give you an opportunity today to plant the seed of the gospel into the soil of someone’s heart.

 

We ended VBS with a wonderful night of fellowship with the parents and the children together.  The children quoted the verses from every night (I think there were 8 verses in all), they sang the songs for the week, and then we invited the parents to come out and to sing with their children.  It was a thrilling moment to see the parents and the children doing the motions of the songs while they all together lifted up the name of Jesus.  We are thanking God today for doing such a great work through us for His kingdom.  Again, a great big THANK YOU to those who came and volunteered every night of the week.  This was an investment into eternity as the seeds of the gospel were sown every night into hearts that were so receptive to the messages of Christ and the true treasure. 

Have a great day in the Lord ,
PS

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