Red Letter Day 34: A Seed Producing Abundant Fruit
2015 Lent Blog
Monday March 23
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” (Luke 8:5-8)
Sometimes this parable is called The Parable of the Sower, but in reality the difference involves four types of soil or dirt. The sower keeps sowing seeds but the environment in which the seeds fall changes the life and productivity of the seeds. This is one of the parables that Jesus explains and we know the seed is the word of God, and that in some the word never impacts, this is the seed on the path. In others the word starts with joy but does not last (rocky soil) and with others over a longer time the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth or pleasure choke out faith (thorns).
This third type is the one that we need to be most concerned about because it speaks to our lives. All of these things need to be seen in relationship to God. God is the one who gives in abundance and with special blessings. Good things then are seen as a blessing of God and in their proper perspective. Worries also have to be shared with God because he is the only one who can help us to bear some of the burdens we face in life. When we share our worries with God he helps carrying the load and ultimately it can be a blessing experiencing the faithfulness of God. So then even in worry there can be abundant fruit.
In Christ’s Service,