The Parable of the Sower

Read

Luke 8:4-8 (CEB)
4When a great crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one city after another, he spoke to them in a parable: 5“A farmer went out to scatter his seed. As he was scattering it, some fell on the path where it was crushed, and the birds in the sky came and ate it. 6Other seed fell on rock. As it grew, it dried up because it had no moisture. 7Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorns grew with the plants and choked them. 8Still other seed landed on good soil. When it grew, it produced one hundred times more grain than was scattered.” As he said this, he called out, “Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”

Reflect

The man is walking along the pathway between the areas of plowed soil, where the dirt has been broken up and turned over and is sitting ready to receive the seeds. Bordering the field is a wooded area where the underbrush hasn’t been cleared and the pricker bushes and other weeds grow thick.

Notice how the man isn’t carefully planting seed by seed. Instead, he is grabbing the seeds out of a bucket by the fistfuls and tossing them every which way. He has many acres to cover, and he knows the seeds that fall into the plowed soil will take root. The resulting crops will far outweigh the lost seeds that fell into the bad soil.

Jesus will go on to say that the seed represents the Word of God (Luke 8:11). Notice again how the man throws the seed every which way. He knows that some of the seed won’t take root—just like you know not every one of your friends wants to hear about God. Yet the man doesn’t give up he keeps on going, scattering the seed every which way.

What lesson about sharing the good news of Jesus Christ can be learned from the sower?

Respond

The question is: are you spreading the news about Jesus like crazy…throwing seeds every which way, or is your bucket pretty much still full?

Relate

If today’s devotion spoke to you in a particular way and you feel led to share your thoughts with others, please do so.