Matthew 13 part 1–The Message

the-harvest1In two thousand years little has changed.  The parable of the sower  reminds us that while the message does not change, the impact it has varies greatly depending on the person and the circumstance.  Some people hear the message and ignore it—the seed along the road, they are never impacted at all.  Some people hear the message it impacts them—the shallow soil, but because they have no depth of character or commitment, it soon fades away and they return to the former state.  Some hear the message and it takes root and they begin to grow, BUT—the thorny seed—they are among the folks that would lead them away from Christ and the association ultimately leaves them unusable and fruitless.  Finally, some hear the message and they are transformed—the good soil—and they spend the rest of their life growing, sharing and helping others to enjoy freedom.   The harvest varies among them, but, it is a life of joy and abundance.

Jesus wanted us to understand the message does not change—it is a message of hope and freedom.  Throughout history, it has impacted lives from every nation, class and life stage. Its impact has varied based on the heart of the person receiving it.  We as sowers, share the message with love and work to see it land among those with desire, depth and direction. The Holy Spirit does the work, we simply remain faithful and share often. Help me Lord, to share your message humbly and with the love you intended.

God Bless You

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.