So, my babies and I were doing their Bible Study this week and one of the days was on Mark 4:3-20. As we were discussing the questions they answered, this little twist hit me that I never thought before. My babies said I should share it with you. So hear it goes:)
Okie Dokie...it is the parable of the farmer sowing seeds...(link above)
Farmer obviously=the Believer
Scattered Seed=our testimony about the Word
Gravel=those that hear but don't care
Thorns=troubles that come and take away emotional response that never set in their heart about salvation or the "Sunday Christians". The ones who sadly attend church as fulfilling their religious obligation, they may have head knowledge but no fruit.
Good Soil=the true Believers who produce fruit
It is like circular pattern you see. The farmer is the fruit bore from the good soil of another farmers life. The seed that was scattered represents the life of the Believer. You see, in Ancient Israel, a farmer didn't put his seed 6-18 inches apart in the rows like we do in America. He would just take a huge handful and throw it from side to side, not really caring where it landed. The more seed thrown, the more chance at a greater crop. This is our testimony. We should not be selective on who we share our Savior with, putting all our ducks in the row and hoping that they were the best seeds to cultivate. No! We should scatter our testimony. Not caring where it lands or who hears it but sowing the most seed for the greater crop.
A wise farmer knew just when to scatter his seed. He could decipher when the rains would come and he would plan on planting his seed with perfect timing. It was an art to know how long before the rain to scatter the seed, too far before the rain and the wind would blow the seeds away while the sun would scorch them. But too close to the rain and the seed wouldn't have time to settle in the ground as so the rain would wash it away. Rain=Holy Spirit in scripture. And this too is our testimony. We are to be so skilled and close to the Holy Spirit that we can decipher when He is going to come and that is when we scatter our seed liberally.
If you have ever been around planting time, you know the birds are always waiting on a easy meal. It is no different with the enemy. He prowls around looking for the easy meal of those who have seen the Lord in your life and heard truth from your lips. But the birds/enemy swoop in on the easy prey of those who hate the testimony of the Lord and steal it away. These are those off the gravel. There are those who have an emotional connection when they hear of salvation but the trials of this life and the hard times choke out the life of the seed planted cause there was no deep root connection in the heart. These are the thorns.
Finally you have the good soil. These are those that the farmer scattered and received as a greater crop. This fruit of his crop produces his own seed and goes out to plant his our field. One testimony producing seed for another and than another. Multiple fields being planted. But we still are not the cultivator, just the farmer-the planter-the sower. It is the rain or the Spirit that cultivates.
It is my belief that if we just do our job as the farmer than we would have a greater crop. I have been trying to remember more lately "to do my job" as my Buddy learned in football at a young age. Just as it isn't everyone's job on the field to be the quarterback or to be the line backer or the wide receiver cause there still needs to be a good line to hold back the defense. Everyone doing their job makes a strong team and that is how games are won. Too, it is my job to spread the seed of the Word of truth and live my life as the testimony of that truth. That is all. It is the Spirit's job to cultivate and grow that seed and He most certainly will do His job, so to be a strong team, I just need to remember to do mine and not His;)
I commit to you this week to try better to be a good team mate and do my job. I pray you will as well and share with me your job well done:) Have a fantastic week!
Welcome! Marie is a wife, mother of two teens, and a fur baby. Marie and her family live in the north-central US. She is a homeschool Momma, avid outdoors man, and is disciplined in the study of Jewish and Christian Scriptures along with Hebrew and Greek dialect. Marie has been asked for years to share herself, so, welcome to Marie' life:)