Many believers may have missed an important truth from Matthew 13. My original early church training expanded over the years, and I’ve grown in my knowledge and understanding of all that Jesus has done for me. I trust you have as well. Our pastor recently shared a greater reality for our lives today of the sower in Matthew 13. Let’s go beyond where we are and what we’ve known. Stir your heart to see God’s planting and its power in your life.
From Matthew 13 I always heard the seed was the Word of God and what we planted in the lives of other people. The type of crop we’d receive in return was dependent on how much we sowed. Matthew 13:3-8, NASB – “3Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
Most churches put the emphasis on winning souls and the amount of seeds you sow will determine the crop you receive. But what if the meaning is more personal than that? What if the meaning involves the soil of our own hearts?
Pastor Clint Byars shares we’re not trying to get God to act on our behalf in the sowing, but are trying to experience the fruit of what’s already available in our lives. There’s a crop within each of us – the power and life of Jesus. The more we nurture and feed on our life in Him and His blessings, the greater will be our crop return, if you will. Yes, there’s more ahead. Let’s keep our heart open so we can receive more and let the seed of His living Word grow BIG in each of us.
Springtime prepares us, so shrug off the winter of dormant or dead things in your life, and get ready. Yes, it’s time to plant the good Word!