Listen to this! A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path; and the birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it scorched the plants; and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked the seeds, and they produced nothing. Other seed fell into good soil and bore fruit. Upon growing and increasing, the seed produced in one case a yield of thirty to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of one hundred to one.” He said, “Whoever has ears to listen should pay attention! (Mark 4:3-9, CEB)
Jesus often used parables to teach people, because they gave a concrete, visual picture to a spiritual truth. If you didn’t get the deeper meaning, at least you got a nice story! But for those whose faith was deep and ready, that is “with ears to hear”, it revealed a second meaning about a spiritual principal he was
So why you are out doing God’s work in the world, while other people are away, working a job or slacking off? Why aren’t more of us “walking the talk” creating God’s kingdom “on earth as it is in heaven?” Jesus says the seeds in this parable are the word of God, and the farmer scatters the word. In order for the word to grow, you must hear first and then have an open heart that embraces the word and lets it become real through your choices and actions. Remember this – you are not only the good soil in which the word grows, but you’re also the farmer who scatters the word! You are planting the seeds through your actions and the fruit of the spirit will grow. When there is fear, offercourage. When frustration rises, show patience. Always have faith. If a heart hurts, let love heal. When tears tumble, have joy ready. Do this and your work will bring you peace and wisdom– everlasting fruit that goes home with you!
God, your Word leads me. Help me to listen attentively and let it grow in my heart. May my eyes see where your love can grow, may my hands be of help to those in need, and may my words bring comfort and encouragement to all I meet. Amen.