Good Witness Or Good Farmer?

22 Aug

A post from several years ago about sharing Christ with others.

4And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” 9And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ 11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.  Luke 8:4-15

One of the basics of a sales job is the ability to suspend any sort of preconceived notions or prejudices when talking with a potential buyer.  In my current position this continually fleshes itself out as I present the store credit card to customers.  Recently I have been getting quite a few people to apply for the credit card.  I have not been doing anything different though.  I am being just as consistent in asking everyone about the card as I was when I was not having much success.  To me, it is that consistency in mentioning the card to everyone that eventually brings success.

The farmer in this parable would have been a great salesman.  He did not prejudge the soil at all.  His seed went everywhere possible.  This made him a particularly bad farmer.  He had crops trying to grow on rock, through thorns, and even on top of the soil.

When I was younger my dad had a garden in the backyard most summers.  I loved helping him with it; one of my favorite things to plant being the radishes.  One of the things I vividly remember about planting the seeds is the care taken to plant them deep enough and in quality enough soil.  We did this so we would have a good crop that we could enjoy several months later.

This farmer in the story apparently did not know this much care was needed or just did not care.  One of the most interesting things about this parable is the fact that as Jesus explained its meaning to the disciples He never once criticized the way the farmer scattered the seed.  It was more like He accepted it as common place.  Why would Jesus do this?  He knew what it took to create good crops and He knew this farmer was not being efficient or smart in his planting methods.

I think the reason Jesus ignored the appalling seed scattering of this farmer is found in the analogy He makes between the seed and the Word of God.  You see similar to the sales example from before, telling others about Jesus requires a complete lack of bias.  We are to go and tell all.  The actual conversion process is not our duty that is God’s and His alone.  Our job is to tell all about Him.  Our mission is to scatter as much seed as possible wherever we go in life.  I hope you spend your time scattering His seed today as you follow in His footsteps.

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Posted by on August 22, 2012 in Bible, Culture, Life


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