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. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Matthew 13:3-8
It was very early in the morning. This was the moment he had dreaded the entire week. He was pacing around the room, rehearsing, thinking, doubting, hoping, expecting. A myriad of emotions rushing in his head and in his heart. How will he approach the subject? Will it be well accepted? Was he convinced of what he was about to say?
And then he remembered the parable, where the seed had fallen in different types of soil, and had different results at the end. And the thought came to his mind, what if the soil wasn’t the only variable here? Nor the seed? What if the sower had a crucial part in the story. And his heart rested, the seed, the message that he was going to deliver was solid. He had to be sure that the messenger, the sower, not the seed, was iron clad too.
There are many occasions where we fail to understand the importance of the message or task we are about to deliver, that we don’t take good care of it. In the parable, it was a qualified person. The story says he was a sower. He knew what he was doing, he had experience, he had done this task before. He also knew where would the seed have the best results. So why did he threw it alongside the road, over stony places or under thorns? Was he being careless?
Without undermining or neglecting the many teachings Jesus conveyed with this parable, we should all consider this and understand that we need to communicate well. We need to know the setting that we are in and be assertive with our words. It is an important message, but it might be the wrong soil, the wrong place or the wrong time.
Back to our friend in the beginning of this post. With the understanding of this principle, he went into the meeting and he scouted the field. When he spotted good soil, he delivered the all important message. The message that would transform his life.
It doesn’t matter where you carry out your calling, be prepared and be mindful of the field you have been given. It might not be the seed, nor the soil, but it could be the one who sows.
“BREATHE expectantly, LIVE confidently and MOVE Boldly”
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.