September 19, 2020
“A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,
and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,
it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,
it produced fruit a hundredfold.” (Luke 8:4-15)
The sower sows seeds on several different types of ground — a path, rocky ground, among thorns, and finally in rich soil. Each of these surfaces represent us as believers, with the rich soil being “the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit…”
Perhaps there is another way to look at this parable. Maybe we are the seed in this story. Our job is take root and bear fruit:
- When we land on the path, do we become distracted and allow the Evil One to come and steal us away?
- When we land on the rocky soil, are we not persistent enough? Do we “last only for a time” because we give up?
- Among the thorns, are we not strong enough? Courageous enough? Are we unwilling to fight against “worldly anxiety” and the “lure of riches”?
- Our only success is in the rich soil? Are we teachers who can only teach the brightest students?
We are the seed, the Word of God, and our purpose is to take root and bear fruit. There are many more paths, rocks, and thorns out there than there is rich soil. We better roll up or sleeves and find the courage to fight if we are to have any chance of taking root in those tough terrains.
We need to grow wherever we land.