February 4, 2013

As Servants of the Sower

This afternoon, my youngest sister was watching The Donut Man episode called "Barnyard Fun." As I was humming along to "The Sower" I came to a very shameful and humbling realization. Many believers- including myself- have had an attitude of "Why waste my time and theirs?" when it comes to sharing the gospel of YHWH's love with others; especially those who seem unresponsive to the message. Like planting a field, it is hard, often fruitless, and exhausting work.

However, the parable of the sower (Matthew 13) tells us that YHWH sowed the seeds of His Word on all sorts of soil- only one of which was considered "good soil". He didn't only sow on the ground he thought would produce greatly. He sent His Word to all, regardless of how poor and worthless the soil appeared to be.

Isaiah 55:10-11 says that as the rain falls and doesn't return without nourishing the ground, neither does YHWH's word come back void. So, if the great sower is willing to take the time to cast seed on all soils, regardless of their fruitfulness; how much more should we, as his servants, be willing to do the same (Matthew 10:24-25)?

Should we not take Sha'ul's advice to Timothy, when he declares in 2 Timothy 4:2-5, "Proclaim the Word! Be urgent in season, and out of season. Convict, warn, appeal, with all patience and teaching. For there shall be a time when they shall not bear sound teaching, but according to their own desires, they shall heap up for themselves teachers tickling the ear, and they shall indeed turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to myths. But you, be sober in all matters, suffer hardships, do the work of an evangelist, accomplish your service completely."

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