It Requires a Sower
by Dr. Paul Richey | August 5, 2017We all enjoy the harvest. The celebration of fresh fruits and vegetables are a delight. Likewise, it is a delightful celebration when a spiritual harvest takes place. When the seed of the gospel takes root in the life of an unbeliever and he or she responds to the gospel and enters into a relationship with Jesus a harvest celebration commences. Unfortunately, we get so centered on the harvest that we forget that every harvest begins with the sowing of the seed. Where seed is not sown, the harvest will never occur and where the seed is sown, the harvest will happen.
In Mark 4, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. This parable often is mistaken by the parable of the soils. As Jesus told this story, He emphasized the various types of soil on which the seed fell. Each soil type received the seed differently and the results varied. But as Jesus interpreted the parable, he declared, "The sower sows the word." (Mark 4:14). Did you get that? The most foundational part of the story is the sowing of the seed by the sower. If believers are to be faithful and obedient to the Lord then each must be a sower of the seed of the gospel. Here are three basic reasons why believers must sow.
First, the believer sows the seed because of his/her love for Christ. Jesus commanded His followers to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). This directive came at the last moment of Jesus' earthly life and stands as His last lecture to His followers. The love for Jesus by His followers should motivate each to obedience. The desire to be found sowing seed rests in the desire to please the Lord because of the love the believer has for Jesus.
Second, the believer sows the seed because of his/her love for others. Believers recognize that they have been rescued from the penalty of eternal death and separation that they deserve. The love for others should propel believers to share the gospel message that others may receive the gift of life. The love of others should burden the heart of the believer to the place of sowing the seed never becomes an option in life, but becomes a necessity because the eternal life of the other individual might rest on it.
Third, we sow because we recognize the necessity. God's plan for the spreading of the gospel is through the instrument of believers. God made it clear that the gospel is to be declared by believers to unbelievers for the purpose of some being redeemed. What is clear is that believers are to be sowers of the seed of the gospel. Followers of Christ as not responsible for the responsiveness of the soil, but they are held accountable for placing the seed that can bring forth the harvest.
The work of the harvest for the Kingdom of God must begin with the fields being sown with the seed of the gospel. Are you in the fields sowing seed? It is an act of obedience, faithfulness, and love.