Powered by 4 - June 28, 2011

 

Sow & Grow!

today's reading.
Mark 4:1-20    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...

think about it.
How does Jesus choose to teach an important lesson (4:1-2)? What's role of the sower (4:3, 14)? What happens to the seed (4:4-8)? How do those who hear the Word respond (4:15-20)? What was your initial response to the Word? How are you fulfilling your role as a sower today?

the blog.
Jesus tells a large crowd the parable of the sower (farmer) in Mark 4:1-8. Now there are a number of things we can glean from this parable, but I landed really on two things today. First, is that our job is to sow or plant the Word, the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere. As we do that, not everyone will believe but that isn't a determining factor for what we do. (Now this is hard for me because I feel like when I share Christ with others that something should always happen and, honestly, it just doesn't happen that way.) 

And second, as believers we're part of that fourth category, the seed that fell on good and fertile soil. That being said, we need to continue to be open to the teaching and taking in of the Word so we can produce 30, 60 or 100 times over.

So what are you doing as part of the good soil category to thrive and produce? And, what does (or might) being a great sower or farmer look like for you? Tami W.

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