Today you should read: Mark 4:1 -20
Today’s parable is unforgettable. Don’t miss this!
First of all, these words come directly from the lips of Jesus. Secondly, we are direct witnesses to the truth behind this parable.
Jesus describes four different types of people here. Many of us have experienced each of these kinds in our lives. We have witnessed those we care about…
1. Never receive the gospel though “seeds are being scattered”.
2. Receive the gospel with a false root or no root at all, not knowing that because of the Word (v. 17), we will face trouble and persecution. When the hard times come, they fall out; they give up Jesus for the world and for comfort.
3. Receive the gospel but are unwilling to simplify. They fail to keep their eyes fixed on Jesus while all the worries of life and the vain pursuits (the petty distractions that we make a way bigger deal of than we should) choke them out and prove unfruitful.
4. Receive the gospel, grow in their faith, produce fruit, and continue to live a consistently fruitful life.
One of these describes each of us as well as the people we care about. We have lived it and witnessed it! Can you relate? But what can we do? How can we see more people truly accept the Word and produce fruit?
Simply sow. That’s the answer: just sow. Sow seeds and never stop. Speak the Word, share the gospel. Do it over and over and over again, keep it on the forefront of your mind. We can’t control people’s hearts; that is up to God.
Flip ahead to Mark 4:26-29 where it states in verse 27 that, “night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how.” Wow! John MacArthur calls this “The Theology of Sleep.” We can rest assured, knowing that if we are planting, God will do the rest. Plant and go to sleep, but we must first do our job: we must plant.
Are you sowing? What seeds have you planted in the past week? The past month? The past year? Let’s be a seed-sowing church.
Posted by: Sam Cirrincione
6 thoughts on “March 16, 2011”
Very convicting, Sam! We all need to be more diligent in sowing God’s seed. Thanks for the reminder.
I thank God this morning for the people who have sowed seeds in my life and in turn I have sowed the Word in others life! I PRAISE God because last night I got to witness the wonderful benefits of God bring forth the harvest! My mom accepted Christ last night!!!!!! So CPC family our sowing is not in vain no matter how long you sow into a particular person. “And should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how” mark 4:27! God is faithful to bring about the increase!
PRAISE GOD with me this morning CPC family because my mom, Karen was once lost but NOW she is found in Jesus!!!
Praise God! What a glorious miracle! Trinaye, what a blessing to be used by God to bring His salvation to your Mom!
Trinaye…I rejoice with you! What a wonderful blessing. Praise God for His goodness!!!
Great takeaway today, Sam! There is so much to glean from this parable…it is one of my favorites. Jesus’ words are timeless and certainly speak to our generation. The condition of the ground (or our hearts) is paramount. Along with sowing, we should pray that God would till the ground of our hearts and the hearts of those with whom we share; preparing the heart to receive the seed being scattered. Jeremiah 4:3-4 speaks to the importance of preparing the heart and the results of not doing so. May we be a people with well-tilled ground ready to receive the seeds of God’s Word and may we be faithful to tend our gardens daily so that we bear overflowing baskets of hearty fruit.
Great commentary Sammy!!
Church don’t miss this, there are many around us that are being planted and sown in either dry, shallow, or thorn filled ground. As followers of Christ that are sown in good soil, we have been given the privelege to help people in their journey, aka discipleship. Some of our brothers and sisters are allowing the allure of the world suck them back into it. They hear the truth but either don’t understand it or don’t want to hear it. Church it’s commanded of us to notice this and help our brothers and sisters come back to Him. Dont’ look away and hope someone else sees this. Step up and do something, and remember to do it in Christ, because it’s His church.
I love you church and love doing life with you. And am so blessed to have another sister in Christ. Blessings and have a great day!!