October 21, 2012

Sowing Continually – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

As we begin our Gospel meeting with Steve Patton this week, let’s think about the opportunities and responsibilities that are presented to us by this occasion. In the Bible, the common occupation of sowing seed is frequently used as a symbol for teaching the Word of God, which is able and necessary to save souls.

“The sower went out to sow his seed;… Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God,…” Luke 8:5, 11.

“…receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls,” James 1:21

“Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes 11:6

Unlike an actual farmer, however, Christian seed-sowers are responsible for engaging in their occupation perpetually, day after day, morning and evening, everywhere they go.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,” Mark 16:15.

“Cast your bread on the surface of the waters,” the wise preacher said, “for you will find it after many days,” Ecclesiastes11:1.

The farmer knows that sowing seed often involves rising early and long hours in the hot sun. Sowing God’s word often involves enduring painful opposition and humiliating ridicule. It may involve disappointing loss of friends or painful division in families. It is often difficult, but is necessary before the fruit can grow, and the promise is that, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting,” Psalms 126:5.

Often others may reap the fruit of our seed-sowing labors (or we may reap the fruit of theirs), but that is all right, for Christ Himself said…

“Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. “For in this case the saying is true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.” Jn. 4:36-38.

Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth,” I Cor. 3:6.

Some seed, faithfully sown, may not seem to grow at all. In Christ’s great parable of the sower, much of the seed fell by the wayside or on rocky or weed-infested ground, but…

“…others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.” Matt.13:8.

It is not our job to decide whether or not we think the ground on which the seed is sown will be productive. Our job is to be sure that the seed we sow is good seed, then wherever we go, courageously speaking up when we have opportunity, by the examples of our life, by giving to those in need, by listening, by our very presence, by praying, by whatever we say or do or even think, and then to trust God to bring forth the fruit according to His own perfect will.

The Gospel meeting this week brings us extra sowing opportunities and responsibilities.

“How blessed will you be, you who sow beside all waters,” Isaiah 32:20.

Therefore, resolve especially this week and continually, “Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know…” God will prosper our faithfulness in His own good way and time.

(Adapted from an article by Henry Morris)

 

 

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