LESSONS FROM THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED

“Matthew 13:3-4 (KJV) And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up”

The parables of Jesus contain deep lessons and wisdom available for us to draw from. The many parables Jesus gave in his lifetime are filled with life time lessons that can be applied to our daily lives and actions. We must rely on the spirit of God to expound these parables to us, especially those that aren’t fully explained. This is why cultivating a relationship with the spirit of God is essential for every believer. We must not scorn the leading of the spirit nor belittle his nudgings in the right direction.

This parable in Matthew 13 tells us about a sower who went about sowing, and the seeds fell on different types of soil. Some of the seeds fell on the way side and the birds picked them up. These seeds did not not germinate say less of bring forth fruits. This is likened to when the word of God is heard by an individual (his heart likened to the soil) and he pays little or no attention to the words of life being passed across. Ignorance gives place to the wicked one who snatches the word before it has time to germinate or bear fruits that will impact the individual’s life.

As the sower commenced his planting, some of the seeds fell on stony places and they sprung up for a while, but when the sun came out, they dried off. Again, this is likened to when a man hears the word of God and he is excited by the revelation of the word revealed to him. However, before he gets to apply the word in his life, tribulation and persecution begins to sow doubt in his heart and he nows starts to doubt the power and efficacy of the word before it starts to have effect.

Some of the sower’s seed also fell among thorns and these seeds were choked by the thorns and briers. The worries of life, deceitfulness of chasing riches and the unimportant clusters in man’s life are likened to thorns that choke the power of the word of God in his life.

God is telling us to do away with these entanglements that render the word of God useless in our life. We must do away with doubt, faithlessness, worldly care, insensitivity, worries and anxieties that deny us of the ever abundant blessing in the word of God. The aim of God is for our us to get rid of all these things that disqualify our life from bringing forth fruits. Our lives must be like the good ground the sower finally spread the seeds on.

“Matthew 13:8-9 (KJV) But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

We must prepare a good ground for the seed of the word of God so that our lives can bear fruits even in thirty, sixty and hundred folds.

Matthew 13:23 (KJV) But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

Conclusively, we must not belittle the impact the word of God can have in our lives. As we hear the word of God in our Church, in the bus, on the street and as we also watch the preacher’s message on TV, we must present a heart ready to learn and bring forth fruits through the influence of those life-filled words. And bearing fruits simply means putting those words into action. I pray God will help us.

If you’ve been blessed, kindly share with your family and friends. Shalom!

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