Planting Seeds, Lots and Lots of Seeds


And in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

9 Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:2-9

We’ve read this parable a thousand times or more. We’ve made it into songs. It’s a parable that children can understand. There’s probably no deep insight we can glean from what’s written here, especially since it’s explained a little later in the text.

But these are the basic building blocks for effective ministry (ministry in the broadest sense of the word, not just for evangelism):

Be careful where you sow your seed, but sow it nonetheless.
Most of the times in ministry we really don’t know what kind of soil we’re planting seeds into because we really can’t see into hearts.
But we plant seeds anyways.


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