The sower sows the word. – Mark 4:14
The Parable of the Sower is one of the most recognizable illustrations in all of Scripture. Many theologians and preachers have offered their take on what each “seed” represents and here’s my shot at it.
It is truly a tale of four seeds. The seed that Satan steals represents one who never was truly converted. The seed on rocky soil represents the believer whose expression of faith could not survive under the pressure of persecution. The seed that was choked by thorns represents the believer who chose the things of this world over Christ’s service. Of course, the fourth seed represents those believers who serve faithfully and bear fruit according to God’s will for their lives.
Which seed concerns me the most? It would have to be number three. How often do we stumble or see our witness “choked off” by the pressures and pleasures of this world? How often do we compromise on biblical truth for the sake of societal acceptance. How likely are we to retreat from a plain understanding of God’s Word because it makes relationships uncomfortable?
In the days, months, and years to come, our faith will be challenged in ways we have never expected, and I wonder if the church will continue to accommodate those who claim to know Christ, but deny His Word or instead challenge them biblically on how they should live before God and man. A hard line is being drawn and we must choose this day whom we will serve.
All we have, every gift, each moment, each ability, is given by the hand of a loving God. Ultimately these things are not ours. They never were, and they never will be. – Kevin Harney