The Parable of the Farmer | I will do my part to grow.
And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest. Luke 8:15
Luke 8:1-15, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
When it comes to our jobs, families, school, activities and even our faith, most things are easier said than done. Accepting an exciting, new job is the easy part, but showing up to work day in and day out to a full inbox and calendar packed with meetings can take a toll on even the most eager employee. The dream of walking across a stage in a cap and gown on graduation day remains only a dream without the thousands of hours spent in class and doing homework. All good things take work. They take time, effort and most of all, commitment.
In both Luke and Matthew, Jesus challenged a large crowd to deepen their faith with a story of a farmer sowing seeds. He explains that the farmer’s seeds fell on several different types of terrain in his field. Some fell on a footpath and were stepped on, some fell on rocks and soon wilted from lack of deep roots, others fell on thorns and were overtaken and finally, some fell upon good soil and grew to produce a great crop.
The seeds that went on to produce a crop did not grow simply by chance of falling into good soil. They were nurtured by water, sunlight and time. We do not get better at something by simply showing up. Just like you cannot get better at your job or excel in school by only being there. It takes hard work, daily commitment and patience.
God has planted His seed of faith in you and you get to choose what you do with it. Will you stomp on it and let sin hinder your seed from growing? Will you neglect to water that seed by growing deep roots in your faith and community? Will you let the seed be overrun by your busy schedule or worldly idols? Or will you take the time to read God’s Word, cling to His truth and commit to growing in Him so you can bring the gospel to others?
It is not enough to just read God’s Word, but we must also put it into action and take steps to live it out in our daily life in order to grow.
QUESTION TO THINK ABOUT:
- What is an area of your life that might be hindering you from properly nurturing your faith?
- What are some action steps you can take to apply God’s Word to your daily life?
- Who in your life can you share the gospel with in order to produce a great crop for the Kingdom of God?