When a farmer prepares to plant a crop, where he chooses to plant his seeds determines the usability of his crops. When his seeds are planted on rich soil his harvest usually comes out better than he could have ever expected. But if he sows on dry, brittle ground his crops are usually withered
and not usable or sometimes there is no growth at all.
We, as Christians, are the same way. In the book of Mark, it talks about the four (4) different ways your sowing can be affected and how your location can vary your growth. The farmer is God sowing his seed, which is his word, into each of us. (Mark 4:14). How we grow, in this Christian walk, depends on where we are planted.
Type 1: Mark 4:4 “As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” As God plants the seed, some fall by the wayside nowhere near
fertile ground, allowing the devil the chance to swoop in. You go to church on Sunday dressed in your best suit, sing in the choir and dance/shout with the best of them. As soon as you get to your car somebody calls and all the Holy Ghost you once had is gone because you are out cursing a sailor on your way home. You went to Sunday School this morning for the first time in months, the teaching touched on exactly what you needed to hear and for once, you are glad that you came. When the class is dismissed you leave out feeling good and ready to get your praise on. But as soon as you turn the corner, you see Sis. Sally and remember you don’t like her because of something you heard 10 years ago and there you go cussing under your breath about the dress and shoes she has on, “Hmph, she thinks she looks good.” The word was given to you but just as quick as you received it, you allowed the devil the chance to snatch it right away. Mark 4:15, states “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Are you this type of seed?
Type 2: Mark 4:5-6 “Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow, But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” You become active in the church, joining the Usher board, volunteering in the kitchen and you go to bible study
on every Wednesday night. You can’t wait to tell people about your church home and all the good things that you are learning from your Pastor. All of a sudden, trouble attacks you. You get sickness in your body, car is acting up and money seems to run out before all the bills are paid; you start wondering if maybe God is punishing you. The devil shows up with a glimpse of how green
the grass is on his side and there you go jumping the fence. At the first sign of water seeping into your boat, you jump overboard instead of using your life jacket that has been given to you. Instead of praying and praising your way through you give up. Instead of using your towel as a kneeling pad to pray, you throw it in. God never promised that all your days would be sunny. But maybe you’re this type. Mark 4:16-17 “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.”
No, type 2 isn’t you either? Then you maybe you’re Type 3: Mark 4:7 “Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.” You’ve
been going through some things in the world and finally decide you want to join church, to give your life to Christ. You visit this church and the service is on fire and it seems like the preacher is talking directly to you. When the doors of the church are open you almost run down the aisle. You’re ready,
willing and able to do all that the Lord commands of you. You come back the next Sunday and the Sunday after that and you’re feeling great. Then you meet Sis. Talk A. Lot and y’all begin to gossip after church while walking to the car. She tells you the ins and the outs of the church. She lets you know who is sleeping with who and what the folk are saying about the Pastor. You’re so deep into her mouth, you can almost see her tonsils and you’ve yet to realize that maybe this is the devil working. But nooo! You start playing back what she is saying and your Sunday morning worship services are now replaced with sleeping late. You’ve allowed the devil to push you right out of fellowship with God. Instead of you steering her gossiping lips away from your ears and focus on the message instead of the mess, you’ve found yourself being pushed back into the world. Which ground will you be planted? Are you this type? Mark 4:18-19 says, “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”
If you’ve answered no to the previous three, then surely this is you. Type 4: Mark 4:8 “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” You go to Sunday School, morning worship service, some bible study, you help those in need, volunteer where you are needed, pick up folk for church, chairperson of
annual days and pay your tithes. You read and study God’s word and you accept the calling that he has placed on your life. When the storm comes you put on your raincoat and rain boots and prepare to ride it out. When death attacks your family, you know that God’s word says there is a time and place for all things (Ecclesiastes 3), so all is well. When the doctor knocks you down with the talk
of disease, you know that you’re down but not out, so all is well. When folk walk away, you know that God said he would be there whenever you need him, so all is well! You take the gifts that God has given, sow them and you reap a plentiful harvest. You take the word that you learn and use it for others who may need it. You make mistakes because you’re not perfect but you know that if you sin
and ask for forgiveness, God will give it to you. Is this you? Are you a dependable Christian that doesn’t run when the fire gets too hot but instead goes in and comes out shining like pure gold? Do you pray for your enemies and those that wish bad on your life? Do you use the haters as your motivators? If yes, then you are a type 4 kind of seed, the kind that God ordains as carriers
of his word. Will you run for God? Will you go if you have to go by yourself? For I’ve found that if you Remain faithful, you’ll receive favor from God! Isn’t that good news?
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, 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“