“And to the man he said, “Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat, the ground is cursed because of you. All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it. It will grow thorns and thistles for you, though you will eat of its grains. By the sweat of your brow will you have food to eat until you return to the ground from which you were made. For you were made from dust, and to dust you will return.””Genesis 3:17-19 NLT
““A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.””
Luke 8:5-8 NLT
Our mission as directed by Jesus, is to go and make disciples of all nations. Jesus described this as sowing seeds. If we go back to Genesis, Adam and Eve were both told that the sowing of the ground was not going to be easy. Jesus told us that 3/4 of all the seeds we throw may be for neigh. God promised Adam and Eve that though it would be difficult to work the land that they would still eat of it, it would just take some hard work. Jesus told us that some of our seeds will land on fertil ground where it will mature and grow leading to a abundant harvest.
I wonder if we focus to much on the fact that it is going to be hard work and sometimes just reach deaf ears, then we do on the promises we have. The promise of God to Adam and Eve was if you work hard I will provide you with nourhishment. Jesu promise if you would only spread the seed, share his love, that there would be people reached and saved.
Are you standing on the promises? Or are you stuck in discouragement? Are you ready to work the ground, prepare it for the seed? Fertile ground receives seed far easier then hard dry land. Faithfulness will be rewarded, you will see friends, family and coworkers come to know Jesus personally. Let’s work to throw some seed today.
Jesus, help us to see that the ground today is more fertile then ever before. Give us a passion to sow the seeds of your love that you have given us. We want to see your kingdom grow, let us help. Give us opportunities even this week to invite people to church, love them and show them your compassion. They matter to you Jesus, so they matter to me. Amen