Monday, July 16, 2012

He Still Scatters...

A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed…some fell on rocky places…the soil was shallow…and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among the thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other fell on good soil, where it produced a good crop – a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was shown.” Matthew 13:3-9.

As we are introduced to this farmer we observe that he was intentional and deliberate in finding places to scatter. We are told of the different soils upon which the seed fell so it is clear that the farmer went into different places to sow. He did not stand still and throw out the seed but moved among the different areas of his land. He moved in places that were made up of less than desirable conditions…and yet he scattered.

Over the course of my life my heart received God’s precious message with shallow soil. It was a soil that I had not enriched with the proper spiritual nutrients. Later in life when the thorns of adversity took root, there He was again…scattering… trying to sow His word in my heart. His comfort and peace did not take root for my fears and doubts choked it out. Finally in 2006 my heart was ready to receive the seed and faithfully He came…and He scattered…He broke up the cracked and arid soil of my heart. He tilled it with His gentle touch and watered it with His word. He made the condition of my heart good soil that would take root of His message so that I could become a sower of His word.

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow… you are God’s field…’ 1 Cor. 3:7, 9. We are told that when the condition of our heart is spiritually healthy His word takes root. The crop that our lives will yield will serve many as we spread the message to others. We scatter what we have been given and God is responsible for growing others into sowers. As the farmer exemplified, we are not just to scatter where the soil is good but must reach out to all people. It is not for us to judge to whom we are to scatter but to follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is there no matter how unfavorable you feel the condition of your heart is. Christ digs His nail-scarred hands deep in His pocket and pulls out a sweet fistful of seeds…He comes to you where you are… and He scatters.

God will never run out of seed and will continue to find ways to take root in your heart. Prepare your heart to receive the seed that grows into a life of abundance and blessings.

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