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07.13.14 Of Seed, Soil, and Spirit Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Sermon Scraps

by on July 14, 2014

Here are some scraps that didn’t make it into the sermon.

Here are some other unexplored ideas arising from this parable:

  • Jesus’ parables call us to live in the kingdom of God. As such they invite us to identify with any number of facets of the parables. With this in mind, what if you were called to be the sower? How might you sow the seed of God’s Word? It could be studying the Bible with others, but it could also be providing a listening ear to someone in distress. It could be teaching a class to down-and-outers. It could be saying kind words to strangers. It might be offering to pray with someone.
  • God, or Jesus, is often identified as the sower. Notice how indiscriminate the sower in the parable is. Can you imagine if Pioneer Seeds yielded a harvest only 25% of the time, and if that harvest ranged from thirtyfold to a hundredfold arbitrarily? They’d go out of business! And yet here we have the sower of God’s Word flippantly tossing seeds everywhere. What does this say about God? About God’s Word? About God’s hope for the soils?
  • So often spiritual seeds are planted and we don’t know when they will bear fruit. I went to VBS as a kid and my grandmothers prayed for me throughout my childhood, but I didn’t come into the church until high school. Track down some of the original plantings in your life. How far back do they go? Who planted them? What long term seeds are you planting today?
  • Financial gifts early in the life-cycle of a business venture are called “seed money.” Are you planting any financial seeds in the church? God only knows how your donation of even small amounts can grow into something much bigger.
  • Some people hear in this parable a threat or a warning. Perhaps that is there. But there is also grace in this passage in at least two instances. First, the sower has a job and it is to sow. He sows here and there, and year after year. Who’s to say that this year’s bad soils won’t become next year’s good soil? Time will tell, but only because the sower is faithful to sow year after year. Second, the sower believes, year after year, that even the bad soils are worthy of seed. He doesn’t assume barrenness of any situation. The sower’s job isn’t to judge first, but to sow in hope. Think about what this implies about God’s perspective of you.


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