Sowing By Faith
In the parable of the sower and the seed (Matthew 13), there is an important lesson. Now, Jesus explains in Mark Chapter 4 that the seed is the Word of God and the sower was none other than the Son of Man. Much has been written on the different types of soil, and how we need to prepare our hearts to receive the seed so that a good harvest is produced—30, 60 or 100 times worth. But, one important point often over looked is that the sower did not seem to care where the seed fell.
3Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed.
4As he was scattering the seed,...
The sower just scattered seed. In our day, we would call that a waste of good seed. Why? Simply because we would see that ALL the ground was not properly prepared to receive the seed. And, in response, we carefully choose where the seed will be planted and how. Not the Sower. He had no care about where the seed landed. In fact, he knew in advance some of it would fall in marginal and even bad soil where it would ultimately produce little or nothing.
All of our gifts to God are seed for the Kingdom. I would suggest that we treat most of our gifts to God differently than Jesus does. Many only give to various Christian ministries. I have lost track of the times I have heard how important it is to give to sound ministries, with good track records, so we can evangelize the nations and help the poor. Both are worthy causes. We should give liberally to accomplish these things. And, we should give generously to ministries accomplishing Kingdom purposes. But, according to this parable, that is not how Jesus sows seed. He did not sow seed only in the synagogue. So, why do we?
My eyes were opened to this principle some years ago, when my family and I began supporting deployed soldiers by sending care packages. It had nothing to do with supporting war. This was just about letting someone on the far side of the world know they were not forgotten. Early on, I was concerned that this was not being used to support ministries in my area. But, I felt in my heart that this was Kingdom seed being sown on my part. The Lord used this parable to help me understand. I may never see what, if anything, this seed has produced. And, I have learned not to care. That is in God's hands. As long as I know I am sowing into the areas He wants to have seed land, what happens after the fact is not my concern.
I believe we have become so focused on supporting this ministry or that ministry that we have forgotten how to just throw our seed, Kingdom seed can take almost any form. It could be money, or time. It could be our words or deeds. It could simply be our prayers. What the seed you are sowing is not any more important than where it lands. But how are we sowing it? Do we care where it lands? Do we care whether it will produce something? Or are we just casting it out there and letting God have His way with it?
Of course, I am not saying to give support to something that directly and openly opposes God. Jesus also said not to throw your pearls to the pigs. But, the bottom line is, do we trust God to produce a harvest with the seed we sow? Or not?
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This is an important message for believers. We have been taught to sow our seeds into the work of the Lord meaning "church" activities, building funds etc, and we should. However, what I have experienced and I'm sure I'm not alone in this, is that God is instructing His people who hears His voice to sow seeds in many other areas that many not be considered "church". It may be frowned upon by some members of the clergy, so for peace sake, don't let your left hand know, what your right hand is doing. Great writing.