Sowing in turmoil

““Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!””
‭‭Mark‬ ‭4‬:‭3‬-‭9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Sowing in turmoil

In normal times, when all is according to the status quo, it is difficult for the Gospel to take hold, for there are so many things contending for the hearts of those who would receive it.

The sower, the evangelist, goes out into the world and shares the message of the Good News, that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried and rose again that sinners be saved from past sin, built up to resist present sin, and saved from future sin in glory.

I needed this reminder this morning as I read the Mark account of the parable of the sower. I was that we as followers of Jesus, in the best of times, so seed into turmoil, for many people are preoccupied with their lives.

“And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble. Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.””
Mark 4:13-20 NKJV

The world we are living is entering a new season, one where the sowing of seed will be all the more difficult, and there will be increased potential for the seed of the Gospel to not take hold. The culture is at war with the saints, and the Good News is being attacked and diluted as counterfeits fill the world.

These days it is not uncommon for the one bringing the good news of the Gospel to receive pushback, rejection for the very word that they preach is met with derision for the Holy Spirit is using it to convict the worked of its sin.

For some, the push back is fostered by those who have come before the truth bearer, bringing a false gospel message that emphasizes hate, rather than the sacrificial love of God.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
John 3:16-17 NKJV

For these the seed has fallen by the wayside, and Satan has taken it away. Still overs receive the word with gladness, but there is not sufficient soil for it to grown, for their lives are filled with rocks and other things that leave no room for it to take root. When the sun comes, the scorching heat of persecution burns it all down.

The coming days, weeks, months, and perhaps…years, will be filled with great heat and pressure and those who have no root in themselves, and they will stumble.

Then there are those whose life is filled with thorns, for the concerns of the world consume them, more than their concerns for the eternal things. The produce of the seed is choked off. They have divided hearts, concerned with wealth and riches, of status and power in this age. There are many of those these days, for our world is all about the acquisition of many things.

Brothers and sisters the work we do is about the ones who receive the word and have good soil. They are ones with good ground, who accept the word, and bear fruit. Let us not grow weary in these days if great turmoil, but let us be consistent in going out and sharing the Gospel message, for we are ones who were once approached, and thanks be to God, we had good soil.

I tell you the truth, my soils, at one time or another were represented in this parable, for I too was one by the wayside, one shallow, and one surrounded by thorns. But the Lord is faithful, and was steadfast in working the field of my soul, making it fertile, that one day, my ground would be made good and the message would take hold.

“Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. You have plowed wickedness; You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, Because you trusted in your own way, In the multitude of your mighty men.”
Hosea 10:12-13 NKJV

The Lord used the consequences of my sin to break up the fallow ground. Having hit the bottom of my world, I bounced, and began to ponder righteousness.

I, by the grace of God, had a mother who prayed for me, who quizzed me daily regarding the condition of my soil. In the fullness of time, the Lord sent Jan, my colleague to sow the seeds. This time the ground was good.

You may have someone in your life who is by the wayside, or stony, or caught up in the thicket of this world. Do not give up, pray for them without ceasing.

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2 thoughts on “Sowing in turmoil

  1. Thank you, Bernie! Wonderful challenge to pray, and see the seed.

    Will you please pray for a new friend named Denny? He admits he is a Unsaved, but he is looking at the soil of his heart right now.

    Also, as our church prepares to send out its next church planter to the north side of Des Moines, would you pray that the Lord would prepare that neighborhood, which is my neighborhood, for the seeds of the gospel to go out?

    Thank you so much for your faithfulness friend.

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