Tuesday, August 20 2013
"The kingdom of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field." Matthew 13:44
When God created the world and framed the universe He gave man a command and said: "Be fruitful and multiply." The parable of the sower is a simple story given by the Lord Jesus to illustrate to us His great commission to reap a harvest for His newly founded kingdom!
The greatest mission in all the world is to sow the seed of the gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts of those who would become His sons and daughters. The body of Christ is responsible to take the seed of the word of God and to make disciples of Christ, not only to fill His kingdom but to build a livng temple of blood bought believers. Jesus was the first seed, planted in the ground and grew up into a vine that would ultimately fill the earth with His branches!
Like the man who found treasure in the field and for joy he sold all that he had in order to reap the benefits of the harvest which are the souls of men, the only treasure to be taken from the planet. These are the precious treasure of those who were saved and discipled by His laborers in this last great harvest. The jewels that will fill our crowns in eternity will be those whom we have rescued from damnation through the sowing of the seed of Heaven!
"To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' " Luke 8:10
THE MYSTERY OF THE SOIL
Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. "And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them." Matthew 13:3,4
The mystery of the soil is the condition of one's heart to receive the Word of God. In the natural, the soil must be prepared in order to plant a crop and many things must be done for the seed to be able to grow into a plant. Jesus was speaking to a nation of farmers who knew how to prepare the soil, but today many don't have a clue what this parable or any of them for that matter mean in regards to spiritual things.
The wayside is that place outside the field normally where equipment is brought to the field or a road giving access to the farmer to plant. Normally it is very hard being constantly driven on and weather beaten and is not conducive for planting, so when the seed is sown close to the wayside many seeds land on this unprepared surface and consequently the birds come and eat the seed. This is likened to a man who hears the Word but doesn't have spiritual ears to hear and so the devil steals it from his heart before it can take root and grow.
The birds of the air refer in scripture in many places as a type and shadow of the powers of darkness and whenever the Word is sown they come to rob, kill and destroy whenever the opportunity is given. There are many today living in the wayside, attending church, doing good deeds but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Good upstanding folks but deprived of the ability to hear spiritual things.
"When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside." Matthew 13:19
"Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of soil. "But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away." Matthew 13:6
You can't plant a garden on concrete, neither can the seed of the Word survive in a heart that has not been prepared for planting. Plants have to take root in order to grow and be able to stand when the heat comes, or storm, or any other situation that involves perseverance. So it is with the believer, he must become rooted and grounded in the word of God to be able to stand when the fire of tribulation and trial come upon him.
The heart of man is the key issue in regards to salvation and spiritual growth and must be prepared and maintained through patience and trust in God's word. In order for a believer to grow he must spend quality time with the Lord in prayer and meditation seeking the face of God and finding His perfect will for his life. Salvation is not a quick fix for sinners to inherit the joys of Heaven, it is a new lifestyle in which the believer learns to live in a spiritual kingdom! Millions pray to receive Christ only to turn away when the heat gets turned up and quickly fall away, but still believe they are saved even though the seed within their heart died and left them empty with no hope of eternal life.
No seed, no growth, no Word, no spiritual life, it's that simple and yet people just don't seem to get it. Without the word of God sown into the heart nothing can ever grow and it doesn't matter how much you go to church or do good deeds, or say praise the Lord, without this spiritual plant growing in a heart of true faith it's a hopeless journey that leads to Hell!
"But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; "yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles." Matthew 13:20,21
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin