Mark Has Some Good News, Part 15, What do you do with Jesus name?
The Parable of the Sower
1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. 2 And he was teaching them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them: 3 "Listen! A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. 6 And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. 8 And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold." 9 And he said, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
The Purpose of the Parables
10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the parables. 11 And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside everything is in parables,
12 so that "they may indeed see but not perceive, and may indeed hear but not understand, lest they should turn and be forgiven."
What do you do with your seed? I find myself wondering what we do with the knowledge of Jesus what he's done and what he can do in the lives of others. What we do with the gospel in our meetings and gatherings.
Do we let seed that falls on the path, leave that gospel message left bare in the hearts of those who have accepted it in haste only to be eaten by the circling birds of Mormon’s, Oprah’s, Emergent’s and Liberal’s. People who snatch a quick meal out of the easy path, who go in fast to snatch what is easily gained by confusion, coercion and co-habitation with predators.
What about seed that finds its way into the rocky ground of Ill prepared pastors and leaders. Assuming positions without calling but qualification, and rejecting by their nature, the seed all the while being a technically viable place for seed to land. Scorched over time these seeds never got what the ground should have given freely.
Or how about seeds flung into rich soil that harbored rich weeds. Filled with coins, reputation or history, these weeds stop any new seeds from encroaching into their savage garden, unaware of a gardeners plans to separate the weeds from the grain at the ends of time. They stubbornly muscle out new growth under the propriety of the traditions they follow they reject the plans of the Sower, in favor of comfort and conformity.
Or do we give room to grow like good soil has, do we provide protection in our depth from birds and elements that would devour and destroy. Like community with other growing seeds, weed free leadership, rock free personalities, and plans that include that seed in growth aimed at exponentially larger yields.
A question for you pastors, what kind of dirt is your church, and can the Sower find use for your plot. Or does His work fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.