2017-11-04 - What Kind of Seed are You?
In Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable about a farmer who goes around sowing seed. The farmer is sowing his seed everywhere--fields, paths, and rocky places. The farmer wants an abundant crop. Some seed is eaten up by birds right away. Some seed sprouts but withers, due to poor, shallow soil. Other seed is choked by thorns. But other seed takes root, grows, and produces a bountiful crop.
Jesus later explains to his disciples that the seed is the word of God. He equates the birds to the Devil who snatches away the seed. The seed that withers due to poor soul is like the word which is heard but does not take root in one's heart. The seed overtaken by thorns is similar to someone allowing the worries of the world to choke out their faith. Finally, the productive seed is like a Christian who hears, believes, and acts on God's word.
What kind of seed are you? Do you let worries about health, income, relationship problems or anything else pre-occupy you to the point of ignoring seeking God's will? Are you watering the seed with weekly worship and fellowship with believers, and daily prayer and Bible reading? Are you ready to grow where God has planted you? Are you willing to take the time to allow God to grow you into the person that He wants to use for His Kingdom? Are you holding back because you believe you are not qualified? Remember, Moses felt the same way (He stuttered), but God supplies everything needed. God wants you to be fruitful. He wants you to "produce a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." (Matthew 13:23)
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references from NIV (New International Version) unless otherwise noted