Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-23)
At first glance, the Parable of the Sower is a simple story, describing four types of people. However, do you know that hidden in the Parable of the Sower are secrets of the Kingdom of heaven that can change your life and give you success in every aspect? Since they are secrets, not only do people missed the hidden messages, they actually misunderstood the key message of the Parable of the Sower.
I used to think that in the Parable of the Sower, Jesus is telling us to be fruitful in our lives, that is, to go and share the gospel, lead bible study, serve in Ministries, etc. Do not get me wrong. I am not saying not to do all these. What I am saying is that this is not the key message in this Parable of the Sower.
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Do You Know?
How does plants get their food and water?
Plants are living things and they need food, water and air to survive. So how does plants get their food? Green plants make their own food. Through a process call Photosynthesis, plants absorb sunlight using their chlorophyll to provide them with energy. They absorb water and nutrients such as phosphorous, magnesium, etc. from the soil. With the energy, water and nutrients they absorbed, plants make their own food.
There's a hidden but very important message in the Parable of the Sower
At one glance, the key message in the Parable of the Sower seems to be Jesus describing four types of people –those who do not understand the gospel, those who accept the gospel but does not persevere, those who succumb to temptation and those who are diligent in doing God’s work.
However, do you know there is a hidden message? In fact it’s a hidden treasure in this parable. The secret is that for us to be fruitful, i.e. successful in life, we need to spend time with God and draw our nourishments from God. It is the time we spend with God that makes us successful, not the works we do for God. Read the hidden message in the Parable of the Sower to find out more.
Some people are simply not chosen to become Christians
Many people reject God. Many do not believe. Many scorn and make a mockery of Jesus and use His name to swear. Many would argue with all their might whenever they hear someone trying to preach to them. They simply take the good news for granted. You may ask, why did God allow all these? God, in all His might, can do anything, He can make someone believe or not to believe.
Well, the truth is, it is God who chose us, not we choose Him as Jesus said in John 15:16. It is also God who chose to harden the hearts of some people. In this Parable of the Sower, we learn that not everyone is permitted to understand the mystery of the Kingdom of heaven. Read the 3 truths from the Parable of the Sower.
God do not reject you when you do not evangelise
Do not get me wrong. I am not saying do not evangelise. Rather, I am saying God do not reject you when you do not evangelise. Why I say this?
When I was young, I read John 15:2 that says that our Heavenly Father will cut off every branch that bears no fruit. I used to wonder if God will cut me off if I do not evangelise, lead bible study groups, etc.. I reason that if I do not do all these, I am not bearing fruit, then, God will reject me. However that is an extremely wrong interpretation!
It was until when I fully understand the hidden message in this parable that I realised that the seeds do not bear fruit when they do not have soil, when their roots could not deepen to draw nutrients. In other words, we do not bear fruits when we do not spend time to draw our nourishments from God. It is NOT when we do not do things for God!
In fact, evangelism is a fruit that we will bear when we abide in God. God will put in us that interest and ability to evangelise. It is a fruit. Notice that you do not make seeds become fruitful by adding fruits to the seeds. They become fruitful only when they are deeply rooted in good soil. Therefore, we do not become successful by our works, eg. evangelism. We become successful when we abide in Jesus!
Fruitfulness is Supernatural and is not limited to Evangelism
Only God can make a plant bear fruits. It’s supernatural. All we need to do is to abide in Jesus, spend time to draw our nourishments from God. He will instruct us what else we need to do. So if you are lacking in something in your life, go tell God about it. Pray, cry to Him, tell Him. He will do something for you.
When you spend time with God, you will grow in faith. Miracles will happen. God will put you in the right place at the right time. You will prosper in everything you do. There is no reason that God should limit your fruitfulness to just success in evangelism!
It is God's will that you are fruitful
Read John15:16. Jesus said that it is God who chose us and the reason He chose us is so that we are fruitful. In this Parable of the Sower, the farmer sowed the seed with the only objective that the seeds will sprout and grow and be fruitful. So, it is God’s will that we are fruitful in our lives. It’s never God’s will that we fail and waste away our lives. Simple. Remember this.
Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven: Faith unlocks Power of God
When you abide in Jesus, you will grow in faith as you experience Him guiding you in every step of your life. As your faith strengthen, you will unlock the power of God. Miracles will happen! Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.