At times we kids would help him get the ground ready to be plowed by helping find and gather rocks and boulders to be removed. I used to love riding on the huge combine with my father, harvesting the crop of corn or wheat and loving the smell of the rich black dirt.
Dad taught us all about farming, about the seeds, soil and what it really takes to produce the fruit of the land that our survival depended on. Since then I have always had a love for working outside and “tending the soil” of my own garden. I have realized there is so much in nature that points us back to Jesus, the ultimate farmer.
The parable of the sower and the seeds (Mark 4:1-20) shows how the Kingdom of God is advanced by the scattering of the spiritual seed on the ground. But the soil needs to be able to receive the seeds and Jesus calls us to be involved in this process. What a privilege to be a custom farmer for our Lord! We have all been called to the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:18,19)
How many of us realize this? Who knows what is involved in scattering seeds and harvesting souls for Jesus?
I have some “seeds for thought”:
- The ground must first be prepared. The Holy Spirit speaks to unbelievers hearts blackened and hardened with sin. Time after time, He rains ever so gently upon the soul to ready it for receiving the precious seed. God also reminds his people through the prophet Jeremiah that in order to come back to Him, they must “break up the fallow ground” (Jeremiah 4:3). A believer’s heart can get dry and hard like a field in the midst of a drought. I remember seeing ground that was parched from having no rain. It was incredibly hard and cracked. I thought whatever could grow here? Then the rains came. Hard, pounding rain. The only kind of rain which could soften the crusty dirt. Now the field would produce its intended crop. Many times, if we have drifted away from God, He has to send hard things into our lives to break our hardened hearts and cause us to turn back to Him. He awaits with arms opened wide! Are you being rained on?
- The seed of salvation is what we share/scatter into the hearts of unbelievers. Jesus is the incorruptible seed who died for YOU and was buried and ROSE AGAIN. He defeated death so we who believe in Him would have eternal life with Him in Heaven. John 14:6 says He is the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can come to the Father, (God), except through Him. This is the seed of truth we are to plant in people’s hearts. Have you spread any seeds lately?
Now it’s our turn! Jesus gave us a Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). It is such a privilege to be involved in tending to and harvesting the souls of the earth. It is also an awesome responsibility, to be carried out with gentleness and fear. (1 Peter 3:15) The fear of answering to a holy God. A fear of lost souls meeting their demise in hell.
Unfortunately, many forget this aspect of the Christian life. We tend to forget that life is not all about us. We are to be “instant in season and out of season” to give a reason to all who ask for this HOPE that is within us. That reason is Jesus; His life, death, burial and resurrection from the dead gives us our reason to live. And we should live in this hope so vibrantly that people ask about it.
How vibrantly are you living? How are you showing hope that’s within you?
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