Deeper dive: "The Parable of The Sower"

Have you ever felt the dull ache of conviction when reading the verses ,”The Parable of The Sower”? As we age, accumulating life experiences, this parable seems to become heavier and heavier. Across the years of our lifetime thus far, can you see yourself in each example of a sown seed? The times we didn't understand or even care to understand and never had it, the times we understood and were in awe but soon lost it or never applied it to our lives for long, and the times we both understood it and applied it and grew in gratefulness, and were fruitful, for it.

Not understanding the weight and value of wisdom in a lesson as it passes, within reach, is a great unnecessary, avoidable, tragedy. Whether it be the lack of care that comes with youth sometimes for anything outside an array of hot topics at the time, or the concerns of adult lives that distract, we completely miss a chance to grow closer to God and produce fruit [fruits of the spirit, fruits in our lives, fruits in the lives of others]. We seem to rationalize by default when wrestling to understand anything, that convicts or challenges us. Wondering back to old self-destructive behaviors; withdrawing, self-medicating, over-indulging, chasing elusive comfort like chasing the wind. What ever the reason be, like many a different sole pressing down again and again, nothing ever became of the seeds that feel on a busy, well-worn path.

Remember the times when we understood the message and couldn't wait to apply to apply it. It was like God was speaking directly to us. How then, does it fade? The truth and wisdom of the lesson remains sharp and effective. But somehow our ability to continue to apply and eventually even remember the lesson becomes dull. Similar to an athlete in training, whose repetitions and practice, invoked over and over, brought him/her to the top of their game, how can we stay motivated to get our reps in less we atrophy spiritually.

The seasons in life when we were able to apply God's word consistently over time seemed to alter the course of destiny at times- both in our own lives and even in the lives of those within proximity. The fruits of the spirit were evident. We were effective and a catalyst for positive change across many tangents, topics, professions. We were stronger than all adversity that found us. We were more trusting in God's provisions, protection and love....even when prayers seemed to go unanswered, in time we could see he was there all along. We longed to be obedient and faithful in following His word. Remember the peace of mind and unexplained contentment?

Prayer helper: Lord help us to remain in you. Whatever it takes Lord, keep our hearts soft and workable under your shaping. Thank you for your faithfulness when we are inconsistent. Thank you for your love that teaches us to love others in their inconsistency towards us. Thank you for the light of your word that lights the darkest of paths that we may find our way back to you. Thank you for the truth and the power in your word that we can defend ourselves from evil and temptation. Let the seed of your word find good soil within us. We have trampled too much wisdom and too many blessings already.

Deeper dive: "The Parable of The Sower"

Related Bible Verses:
Related Verses:
  • “Listen, then, yourselves to the parable of the sower. Matthew 13:18
  • When anyone hears the message of the kingdom without understanding it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in their mind. This is the person meant by the seed which was sown along the path. Matthew 13:19
  • By the seed which was sown on rocky places is meant the person who hears the message, and at once accepts it joyfully; Matthew 13:20
  • but, as they have no root, they stand for only a short time; and, when trouble or persecution arises because of the message, they fall away at once. Matthew 13:21
  • By the seed which was sown among the brambles is meant the person who hears the message, but the cares of life and the glamour of wealth completely choke the message, so that it gives no return. Matthew 13:22
  • But by the seed which was sown on the good ground is meant the person who hears the message and understands it, and really yields a return, sometimes one hundred, sometimes sixty, sometimes thirty fold.” Matthew 13:23
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The "yields a return, sometimes one hundred, sometimes sixty, sometimes thirty fold" in Matthew 13:23 reminds me of " pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” -Luke 6:38
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The sinners prayer is a common Christian term for a prayer that is said when someone wants to repent of their sin, ask God for forgiveness, and verbally state their belief in the life, death, and saving resurrection of Jesus Christ.

"For, if with your lips you acknowledge the truth of the message that JESUS IS LORD, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with their hearts people believe and so attain to righteousness, while with their lips they make their Profession of faith and so find salvation." Romans 10:9-10

Christ's death on the cross paid in full the debt of our sin. Action must be taken to take hold of the gift.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven through any good works. At this moment I trust Christ alone and receive by faith all Grace purchased by Jesus as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him and by my faith take hold of His grace and love for me. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Thank you for your word that will guide me as to how I should live my remaining days. Please grant me the wisdom to discern correctly and motivation to grow my faith, obedience, understanding, appreciation, and love for you. Thank you for your Grace and mercy that I do not deserve. Thank you that my salvation is not based on my level of performance in my short life but in my receiving what your victory on the cross did pay for. Thank you that I can receive by my faith alone, your glorious gift of salvation. Thank you for hearing this prayer and for saving me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.