Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sowing Indiscriminately

Matthew 13:18-23 (ESV)
"Hear then the parable of the sower: [19] When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. [20] As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, [21] yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. [22] As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. [23] As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."
So this farmer comes off as being almost stupid, at the very least very inapt at farming. Who sows wheat along a path? When the ground is rocky it doesn’t make much sense either. Throwing wheat in where you know the noxious weeds grow? The farmer sows indiscriminately. The only reason he sows in these places is he doesn’t know that he is sowing on the path, or rocky ground or among weeds. He has no idea.
Neither do we. For all the efforts of our synod, to determine where to plant churches etc. We have no idea where the fertile ground is and where it isn’t. It really should not be a concern. We should build churches where congregations begin to gather. And we should be sending people out to start congregations, not build churches. Not that I am against building churches, I like them. But it seems a bit backwards at times how we go about getting there. Living rooms are a perfectly fine place for a small congregation to get together to hear God’s word and receive the sacraments. It is infact a time honored tradition to do that.
But in our own lives also, we sow the seed, we speak the word of the Kingdom, the Gospel. We should be as indiscriminate as this farmer in that. Telling friends, family, children, parents and coworkers whenever we have the chance. We don’t know. It may take root and grow. It may not. And in this life we may never know how the gospel has effected anyone. We may think it hasn’t taken root at all, and find later that it has.

1 comment:

Steve Martin said...


Just throw it out there, willy-nilly.