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When the Sower Moves the Seed

Do you ever get the feeling like the Holy Spirit is trying to tell you something, but the message is coming in rather muffled?

Last year, I wrote something about the parable of the sower that has recently been coming to mind.  It is not that I have been thinking it, but more like watching a dream sequence but I was awake.

I could clearly see a person half buried in the dirt with the area around the person covered in rocks.  I would watch God reach down and pick up each rock individually and remove them from the dirt around the person.  By this continual working of the soil, the person would be able to product better “fruit” as the obstacles to growth had been removed.

In the same vision, I would see a similar scene with the person looking at the rocks that have been around them, but this time the hand picked up the person and moved them to a new area.  In this new area, the soil was moist and rich and ready for the transplant.

I could not figure out what the transplanting portion represented as it did not fit within the parable told by Jesus.  It kept bothering me until I was reminded of Passover and that it celebrated the salvation God provided to the Jewish people and that He then transplanted them from Egypt to the Promised Land. 

The message I got from all of this is that God will work on the soil that is around us when that is what is needed.  If there are issues or obstacles in our life, God will work with us for these to be dealt with according to the manner in which God deems best.  The person will undergo change and growth in the area where they currently in as God works in them and they area around them. 

There are times however when God chooses to move us to another area.  The growth that God has planned for us will only come once we are literally moved from one area to another. 

I wanted to share this as I am not sure if this pertains to me or someone else.  The thought of drastic change can be scary and unnerving, but the growth that God has planned will only occur once it happens.  As a plant gets too big for a pot and needs to be transplanted, so too will a person’s ministry opportunities be stifled in their current environment.

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The Parable of the Sower

This morning, I was reminded of the parable of the sower.

He told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil. They sprang up quickly because the soil was not deep. But when the sun came up, they were scorched, and because they did not have sufficient root, they withered. Other seeds fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked them. But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

(Mat 13:3-8)

“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where it did not have much soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep. When the sun came up it was scorched, and because it did not have sufficient root, it withered. Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up and choked it, and it did not produce grain. But other seed fell on good soil and produced grain, sprouting and growing; some yielded thirty times as much, some sixty, and some a hundred times.” And he said, “Whoever has ears to hear had better listen!”

(Mar 4:3-9)

“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it. But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As he said this, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”

(Luk 8:5-8)

Usually when I hear it explained, the explanation follows along the lines of what Jesus had told his disciples when they asked about it.  It describes the condition of people in relation to the Word.  Those along the path hear, but as soon as they hear Satan comes and snatches it away from them.  The rocky ground describes people who take the word with joy but the ground will not allow the root to grow so it dies off in times of trouble.  The term among the thorns describes people who allow worldly cares to distract the people and choke out the word.  And the ones who are good soil are the people who hear the word and it produces fruit in their lives.

Today however, my focus was taken off of people and directed more towards the heart, for the heart is where the word lives.

We all know people who struggle in various areas of their lives.  Great fruit will produce in areas like volunteering or prayer, but then they struggle over giving or faith.  It becomes hard to put a single person in to one of these categories, because most of us fall into each of them with different situations or challenges if we are being honest with ourselves.

Just as not all seeds produce the same fruit, not every Word will produce the same result or fruit in our lives.  That is because the “soil” for that word might not be in the condition to allow for growth.

Thankfully, God works the ground with our help.

The Holy Spirit will minister to us in areas that He knows we struggle in and point to the rock or thorns in our soil.  We have the choice as to whether we allow the ground to be cleansed and made productive, but God is always faithful to approach us in an effort to redeem the land.  This is rarely an easy process, but once free the soil will begin to produce fruit and something good will spring forth.

The parable of the sower has a broader message than just trying to explain away why some are saved and others are lost.  We have to remember the sower will work the land in order to make it fruitful.  No land owner will just cast aside property when difficulty is encountered nor will God just cast away His people when they struggle to produce the fruit from His word.

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