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The Seed that we Sow PDF Print E-mail

Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, Jesus Christ our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit our Comforter.

Amen

 

Sermon Text: Luke 8:4-8

While a large crowd gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:”A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”  When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”   

 

Father, open the ears of our hearts so that we may hear your redeeming message this morning.

Amen

 

Dear Congregation

 

People from different nearby towns after hearing that Jesus was nearby, stream to him for more of his teachings. They stream to Jesus because they have realized that Jesus had a teaching from him which was different than those of the normal teachings that they would hear on the Sabbath. They are hungry for direction; they are in need of something that would help them with their daily problems as well as other concerns. As the people stream to Jesus, each with their own history, dreams and ideals, one find that they all have one thing in common. The one thing that they have in common is that they know where they can get food for their hunger and that Jesus is the source of their spiritual hunger. Yes, according to them Jesus has all the answers, which can help them to deal with all the burning questions, which they might have. As the people gathers around Jesus, Jesus realizes that these people who came to him is searching for something that gives meaning to their lives, because they realize that there must be more to life than that which they are experiencing everyday. Thus, one could say that in a sense these people are experiencing a sort of emptiness in their lives and that they have realized that Christ is the only one who was able to fill this emptiness. Bearing this in mind, Jesus told them this parable:

 

A farmer went out on his land to start sowing his seed for the harvest. Some of the seed falls on different ground and depending on the ground on which the seed fell, will determine whether the seed will grow and bear fruits or not. The Sower does not think for a minute about the fact that he should be saving some of the seed, but he is aware of the fact that some of the seed may not grow as a result of the external factors coming to play its role. However, this does not stop him from doing what he needs to be doing and knowing this he still goes out to sow’s. He knows that he has done everything possible in making sure that a harvest will be there and that he has used all his talents (money) to do the necessary purchasing of the seeds all other things needed in insuring a harvest. This Sower thus has got one goal on his mind and that is to get a harvest ready when harvest time is drawing near.

Who is this Sower that Jesus is referring to? Well, one can give these Sower two identities, because Jesus in his parable does not give us a specific reference like a name, but only refers to this man “as a Sower”. Therefore, as first identity for this man, I would like to refer to the Sower as God who is walking over his land (the World) busy sowing in the hearts of the people the seeds of the Spirit. This will lead to the fact that when we meet people in our daily lives, we can see and recognize the people who are carrying the fruits of the Spirit as the fruits of the Spirit is mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.The second identity to which Jesus could be referring is the human beings themselves. He could be referring to you and me who are busy to sow the seeds in the hearts of our fellow human beings and as we walk and sow our seeds it falls on different hearts on different people, which is the reason why people reacts to our messages in different ways. If one looks at these to interpretations separately, then we will realize that the conclusion to which we come will be two separate conclusions and for this reason I would like to connect these two interpretations with one another in my sermon.

 

God walks over his land and sows in the hearts of human beings something that is important to them. This happens through our personal time, which we spend in reading the bible as well as spending time with God in prayer. The first seed which he sows is Christ and the fruits which Christ gives to us are the fruits of love, peace, hope and unity. Through Christ’s preaching and teachings in this world, he again sows seeds in the hearts of the people who hears his words and who accepts the message that he brings. This is done right to a point, where Christ had to die for our sins, in order for him to release the seeds into the world so that harvest could grow and to make sure that its harvest delivers more fruits. With Pentecost this is exactly what happens, when Christ pours out his Holy Spirit over the hearts of the whole humanity. The Holy Spirit on its turn helps us not only to bear more fruits, but it also enables us to see God’s plan for our lives and to recognize him in our daily activities. As a result of that we realize how different we as humans are, because God has given each of us our unique talent and gift’s in order for us to make a difference in the world we live.

 

When our seeds come to the point of dying, this process begins again, this time in the hearts of people with whom we have had contact during the days of our lives. Thus, during our lives we have learned to identify on which soil our seed have landed, since the persons we met along the road of life are those we started to know and loved, thus we can see how they have reacted towards us. Sometimes the seed we sow falls on the road and thus on a heart, which is not ready for the message, which they have received from us. They feel as if we trample them, since the things that we have said were offensive to them although our intentions were not to offend them. As a result of that these people becomes defensive and start to judge us because when they see us they see the person and hear the words spoken to them all over again, they are also to scared to ask us what we meant and therefore their hearts remain hard towards us, without really knowing what we meant.

 

The second place on which our seeds fall is on rock and that is someone who we encounter along the road of our lives who is full of enthusiasm which leads to the person to actually do something with the gift’s that God has given him. However, in meeting someone who is pessimistic about life, decides to up everything up, which leads to the fact that his enthusiasm dies out and because of that all his plans and dreams diminishes. The person thus does not receive the moisture he needs through the criticism since no one is prepared to lead and guide this person in the things that he is called to do. Thus, the person starts to believe that he/she is no good and thus his/her birth was a mistake. The third individual’s heart on which our words come landing upon is once again a person who is full of enthusiasm. A project is started, personal growth occurs through the project that he/she is doing, but since negative responses is all that he receives the project is starting to fail. The situation and the tension which goes along with such a project becomes like a land where the weed is growing alongside the plant and which smothers the plant in due time. The person could have been very valuable for the community, but he/she did not get the opportunity to make those plans a reality.

 

Then there is a fourth type of heart on which the seed we sow can fall on. This is the heart which brings a lot of fruits. A heart that can deal with the external elements and a heart that knows what role it has to play in this world. It doesn’t mean that a person with such a heart is better than all the rest, but it means that this individual is prepared to let setbacks become an obstacle greater than him/her. People can come to such a person with any negative stories or input, the person will remain strong and would be able to deal with the storms of life when it comes. In looking at such a person closely as well as listening him/her, you will realize that such a person is a person who will never give negative critic to another person and thus one will be able to see that such a person stands out of the crowd.

 

Dear congregation

 

The world is full of people who doesn’t want a person to shine out and because they are friends with such individuals, the person will not be able to reach his/her full potential, because they start to believe the words that such people are uttering to them without even considering whether the allegations which was uttered to contains any form of truth. For us this morning God wants to ask us this question:  What type of seed are you sowing in the lives of the people you meet? God gave us the right seeds to sow, through scripture and the Holy Spirit. He even gave us Christ his Son as an example of how we should sow the seed. Let us build on this example which Christ has set for us and if some of the seed had fallen onto the soil which contains a lot of weed, let us clean the land by removing the weed in order for the seed to grow and bear fruit. Let us not become an obstacle for one another through the things we say which is unnecessary and wound the hearts of the people who we are suppose to care about.  Let us nourish other people with the fruits of the Spirit so that they could reach the core in their own lives where they in their own manner can make a difference in the life of someone else.

 

And the peace of God, which transcends all our understanding, will protect our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Amen