A Lesson for January 19th

Sunflower seedlings, just three days after ger...
Seeds sprout in good soil (Image via Wikipedia)

Mark 4:3 “Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

God is a very extravagant farmer, throwing seed without thinking about where it might land: on pathways were birds can snatch it up, on rocky ground where it cannot take root, among brambles where it gets choked, as well as on the good soil where it will produce far more seed than was lost by throwing it everywhere.

The thrust of the parable is to encourage disciples to spread the good news of Christ everywhere, without worrying if it might do any good, for every seed that finds good soil bears more than enough seed to compensate for seed that is lost. This blog is my contribution to throwing seed.

Still I want to do more. I want to pull weeds, move rocks, and loosen packed soil so that more seed can find good soil to put down roots. I want to remove every obstacle to people who might find our church: Is our website attractive and easily found? Does snow need shoveling so people can get inside? Are our signs inside clear? Are members and visitors welcomed and encouraged to serve and to deepen their faith?

What have you done help grow God’s church?

One thought on “A Lesson for January 19th

  1. Rob, these are some thoughts I needed to hear at just the right time. You never know where seeds will land and how they will grow, but the seed is always good! I particularly like the idea of God as an extravagant farmer.

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