Johnny Appleseed was said to plant apple seeds everywhere he went. He was a prolific caster of seed. He planted seeds because he wanted to see a harvest of apple trees in his wake.
The parable of the Sower was one of the most well-known parables of Jesus. It may be the most important. Jesus even blasted His disciples for not understanding it’s meaning. “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables?” (Mark 4:13) Jesus’ inference indicated that in order to unlock the mysteries of the kingdom it was imperative we understand this parable and it’s meaning. I am sure this was why this parable came first in the Gospel narratives.
God the Father is also a prolific sower. He sows twenty-four seven. He sows to all people at all times. Like Johnny Appleseed, the Lord is looking for a harvest. This is why I can always confidently say to you He will be speaking into your life this week, next week, next month, and next year. He has always been speaking and always will. Get this…The Lord even speaks and sows when we sin and are living in complete disobedience to His will. This parable confirms what I am saying. Whether we are good soil or bad, God sows.
Just because the Lord sows seed in our lives doesn’t mean we will be changed. This was why Jesus compared people to four different types of soil. Jesus said there were four different kinds of responses people made to the Word of God being sown in their life. Out of the four types of people, there was only one type which truly was committed to excellence in his or her walk with the Father.
I read about a lady who had a hearing problem. One day she and her husband were driving from Tennessee to Little Rock, Arkansas. They were pulled over by a state trooper who asked if the husband knew how fast he was driving. The wife asked, “What did he say?” The husband replied, “HE ASKED IF I KNEW THAT I WAS SPEEDING.”
Looking at the driver’s license the trooper said, “I see you’re not from around here.” The husband said, “No, we are from Memphis.” The wife again asked, “What did you say?” The husband told her, “I SAID WE ARE FROM MEMPHIS.”
The state trooper then commented, “You know, the meanest woman I ever met was from Memphis.” The wife again asked, “What did he say?” The husband replied, “HE SAYS HE THINKS HE KNOWS YOU!”
The Lord knows us each intimately. In order to know Him, we must deal with the issues which are detrimental to our hearing Him speak. Follow me in the next few blogs and lets deal with those issues. The Lord will be speaking to you. The only question is will you be able to hear and respond to Him.