Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
This is a shortened version of my sermon about The Parable of the Sower. But a better name for the parable is the “The Parable of the Soils!” The parable’s main focus is not really about the sower or the seed that he plants, but the focus is, instead, on the soils. It describes the people who truly want to accept Jesus and those who barely pass go.
So we, as Christians, have seed to sow. The seed is useless by itself. But when we use it and plant it . . . BOOM! Then it can be used for God’s glory. But we shouldn’t be letting that seed sit on the shelf.
Now, we might be wondering why did the sower sow on random ground? The answer is that after the ground was cleared, the entire field looked pretty much the same. So the farmer wouldn’t know where the rocky ground would be. He doesn’t know where the weeds will spring up. He would have to sow the seed all around on the land.
Ditto with us Christians. We need to sow the seed but everyone may “look” the same. We tell everyone we can about our good news. Some hearts are hard, some hearts may be sympathetic. But we need to obey the word of Christ and sow wherever we can. So we need to do our part when to share the Word, but also we need to pray so that the Holy Spirit will work in the listener’s heart.
Since the seed was just being tossed by the farmer, some of it fell along the hard path on the side of the field. So birds would come along and eat those seeds. It was normal for that to happen.
But what was this pathway? Well, people needed to get around, right? So there would be a place somewhere on or around the field where people would walk and that became the pathway. After some time, the pathway becomes very hard. Thus, it can not be used as part of the sowing ground at all.
Like the farmer, we try to share the Gospel message to many people. And some of it will fall on hard hearts. The devil will come along and snatch up the Word that we planted. Why? Well, the hearer can not understand the Word that he is hearing because his heart is hardened.
How, exactly, did this heart get hard? Well, the person has allowed lies to walk on his heart, and thus he can’t accept the truth. Plus, Satan took the seed before it could take root.
Volcanoes existed back then. So sometimes the dust from an eruption would fall and land on limestone bedrock. So some seeds would fall on this shallow ground. The plant would spring up and soon wither when the sun would shine its heat on them because the seed sprouted no root.
There are some people who accept the Word with joy because they think life gets easier. But, that’s not what happens. In time, tribulations will come and those people will crack down and go back to their old selves.
These people are kinda like people who follow the crowd. What seems better they follow. If that’s not the case, then it might as well be a lack of discipleship. There were no Christians, or very few, to help that struggling soul in his or her new faith.
Mr. Wiersbe says, “Persecution can deepen the roots of a true Christian, but it only exposes the shallowness of the false Christian.”
When we care for plants, we have to pull out the weeds. You pull the weeds out and next week they are back again. Pull them out and they’re back next week.
But if you don’t take out the weeds, then the weeds take over! They choke the plants and your little garden is ruined.
Remember when Jesus said that we can not serve two masters. We need to choose one to serve and serve only one. So is it God or money?
There are some who can’t even accept God’s message because they are so worried by the cares of this life. Because they don’t have the equipment to fight those temptations, they constantly give in to them.
As Mr. Walter Liefeld says, all the people talked about above “lack the following essentials to true saving faith: understanding, accepting the word, and retaining it."
The good soil is the farmer’s favorite type of soil! It’s the soil that would produce fruit! Unlike all the others people mentioned above, these people are those who persevere to the very end!
Now I love this part. Jesus said that the seed will bring forth a thirty, sixty, or a hundred fold of a harvest. What does that mean? It means that the person goes out and tells others about the gospel and people will come to Christ, and then a greater harvest will be reaped! Bringing others to Christ is not the only way how a Christian can produce fruit for God, for a Christian can do so much for the glory of God!
The seed, God’s Word, is the same. But there are four types of hearts. So there is no problem with the seed at all. But, instead, it is the heart that the seed is sowed upon that is the problem. Some ground will produce an abundant harvest, and some nothing.
Whenever we sow the Word, we need to pray about the soul we are sowing upon. We should pray that the Holy Spirit will work upon that soul so he or she can be saved.
You have to remember that the seed that you are sowing is so powerful. In time, hearts can change. It may as well be thorny ground then good soil. You may never know how God will surprise you one of these days.
I want to end with this note. Warren Wiersbe said, “It is a serious thing to hear and understand the Word of God, because this puts on us the obligation to share that Word with others. Everyone who receives the seed then becomes a sower. . . .”
A special thanks to the following sources (with names) who supplied the information I used for this sermon:
David. E. Garland’s commentary in the “Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament” series
J. Dwight Pentecost who wrote “The Words and Works of Jesus Christ” and “The Parables of Jesus”
Simon J. Kistemaker who wrote “The Parables”
Warren W. Wiersbe who wrote “Be Compassionate (Luke 1-13)” and “Be Loyal (Matthew)”
Walter L. Liefeld who wrote the Luke section in “The Expositor’s Bible Commentary” (I used the abridged and full versions)
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!