Thursday, August 29, 2013

Here's the Dirt...

Lotus field in Henan Province, China
Then Jesus said to them, "If you can't understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? The farmer plants seed by taking God's word to others. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message only to have Satan come at once and take it away. The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don't have deep roots, they don't last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God's word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God's word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God's word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted. ~ Read Mark 4:1-20

In Bulgaria, Venezuela, Mexico, the Bahamas, Greece, Canada, China, Bermuda, Native American Nations, and in many of the fifty states of America, I have encountered people, who, through someone's witness have received the Good News of Jesus Christ. Just as the Revelation tells us, when God decides to wind up this finite epoch here on earth, the infinity of Heaven will be comprised of people from every kindred, tribe and tongue.

Take a moment to read the entire passage again.

Did you notice that the political or economic climate of this world does not dictate the success or advancement of the Gospel? What does? As simple as it may sound the biggest hindrance implied is neglecting to take God's Word to others. We can be sure there will be no fruit if the seed is never sown. Jesus knew, and we realize, too, that there are a lot things to share about being a Christian, but we must remain committed to the centerpiece of Scripture--the story of Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection. It recently struck me that since I was sixteen years old (that would be forty one years ago) I have NEVER had a Believer even attempt to share the gospel with me? How about you?

When I was in China I often thought of this passage. If you have been there, you know that the Chinese attempt to garden wherever they can find a patch of ground. Seriously, if it isn't paved with concrete--something is taking root, and it never failed to amaze me how often such unlikely soils would bear fruit. With that said, we need to keep in mind that the good soil for the seed of God's Word isn't dirt--it's the human heart, and neither you nor I can see what kind of condition it is in. We need to let God determine that. 

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