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The Parable of the sower
When Jesus was ministering on the earth, He used to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God using parables. Because, He wanted to make people know about the Kingdom of God through simple earthly illustrations. People gathered to hear the word of God through Him as it was powerful. All the parables Jesus told have special and deep spiritual meanings.
One among those parables is the parable of the sower. We can find this parable in three Gospels (Matthew 13:3-8; Mark 4:3-8; Luke 8:5-8). And Jesus explains the meaning of it which can be found in Matthew 13:18-23; Mark 4:14-20; Luke 8:11-15).
Let us explore deep into the meaning of the parable and its significance in today’s world.
The Parable of The Sower Summary
The parable tells us about a sower whose intention was to sow seeds in the field and receive a great harvest. While he was sowing the seeds, some seeds fell on the pathway where people walk. As the seeds were trampled while the people walk they could not sprout out and the birds took them away.
Some other seeds fell on the rocky area. They sprouted out quickly, but they could not grow as there was no soil and water for them to spread their root. Thus they were withered out. Some other seeds fell among the thorny bushes. As the thorns grew quickly, the seeds could not grow, and they were choked out by the thorns.
Some other thorns fell on the good ground. They took the goodness of the soil and water and so they produced a good harvest. Some produced thirtyfold, some other sixty and some other hundredfold harvest.
What is the meaning of the parable?
The sower is the one who brings the word of God to the people. The seeds are the word of God coming to the people. The places where the seeds fell are the hearts of people. Pathway denotes the hearts of some people who doesn’t understand the word of God as their hearts are hardened and Satan take away the word of God from their hearts.
Stony areas denote the hearts of people who accepts the word of God happily but when they face tribulations for word of God, they cannot withstand the pain and thus the word of God can’t grow in them to produce fruits.
Thorny places implies people whose hearts are filled with worldly lust and other pleasures which don’t allow the word of God to grow in their hearts.
Good ground is the heart of those who accept the word of God and produce good fruits for their Master by obeying word of God.
How are the parable of the sower relevant today?
1. Word of God to everyone
The seeds were sown in all kinds of soils. They were not specifically sown on good ground alone. Similarly, nowadays, through technological advancement everyone in the world is getting the word of God by various media. As each and every individual is special in the eyes of God, the word of God reaches everyone without difference in race or country or colour or language.
2. Plough the soil and protect the land
Some seeds fell on the pathway where everyone walks around. Our hearts may be like this pathway where anything can come and go without any restriction. But God doesn’t want it to be like that. He wants our hearts to be holy and a good ground that produces good fruits for Him.
Let us not allow every teachings and the advice which leads us away from the word of God to fill our hearts and control our lives. Let us protect our hearts with the word of God which protects the field as a fence within which no birds or beasts that destroy the field could enter.
Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. -Romans 16:17
If the field is allowed to be a pathway without a fence, it cannot sprout a plant out. Thus give Him your heart and allow Him to plough it according to His own wish to make it as a good ground that can produce a good harvest from the seeds sown in it.
3. Remove stones from the soil
As some seeds that fell on stony areas and sprouted out quickly, some of our hearts may be soft enough to accept the word of God happily. As sunlight is essential for the growth of a plant, tribulations and pains are essential for our growth in Christ which brings us closer to God.
For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. -I Peter 2:19
However, if our heart is filled with selfish desires, arrogance and pride which are the stones in the field, we will not be able to withstand the pain of the tribulations as the plants could not withstand the heat of sunlight.
As there is a lack of patience and gentleness and self control which are essential as water content, we work with our own arrogance, pride, hatred and grudges which stop the growth of the word of God within us.
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. -Colossians 3:8
Let us ask and submit ourselves in God’s hands to remove all those stones of pride, arrogance and selfishness and allow Him to work on your behalf so that the word of God grows in you and bring out good harvest.
4. Remove weeds and thorns from the soil
The thorns in the field choked the plants and did not allow them to grow. If we are attracted by the pleasures of this world, lust, money and filled with the cares of life, we cannot grow to the fullness of Christ to bear fruit. The thorns make us think of them and keeps us away from getting closer to God.
But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. -I Timothy 6:9-11
Thus we need to remove any weeds and thorns that obstructs the word of God from growing and producing fruits to be removed from our hearts. Let us fill our hearts with thoughts of things next to heavenly kingdom and godly characters.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. -Colossians 3:1-2
Let us ask God to remove all lusts and attraction towards worldly things and pleasures so that the word of God can grow in our hearts and produce a good harvest for the Master.
5. Give all essential needs of the plant to grow
For a plant to grow and give good fruits, it needs good nutritious fertilizers, pesticides that protect the plants from pests, plenty of water and sunlight.
For the word of God that are sown in our hearts to be sprouted, we need good fertilizers that is meditating the word of God daily to edify ourselves according to the need of our soul (Jeremiah 15:16).
Then we need good moisture for the plant to grow. We need to pray to God which helps us to grow more in the relationship with God as the roots grow and get deeper when there is moisture in the soil. It won’t wither away by the heat of sunlight. When we have a good fellowship with God, we grow stronger in Christ and no tribulation will separate us from the love of our God (2 Timothy 1:12).
We need the help of the Holy spirit to rebuke and convict us when we are affected by the temptations of the world to go away from God. Thus fellowship with the Holy spirit helps us keep the temptations to sin which are pests which destroy our growth in Christ away (John 16:8).
What this parable teaches us? What are the lessons can we get from the story?
As we are the generation blessed to get the word of God everywhere without any hurdles, our hearts must be ploughed and tilled to be a good ground so that the word of God can take root within our hearts and produce good fruits for our Master Jesus Christ who gave His own life for our salvation.
As He loved the world very much, He could bear the pain in the Cross for us. Let us surrender ourselves to fulfill His will, to bring every soul to the kingdom of God. Let us bear good fruits for Him through our act of love and kindness towards people who suffer and those who die without the love of Jesus Christ.
Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord, Till He comes and rains righteousness on you. -Hosea 10:12
There are many fallow and barren lands in the world who cannot understand the word of God. We, the Christians who tasted the love of God and received the burden of Christ towards dying souls need to rise and shine for Him to spread the Gospel of God to those hearts are like barren land and make them good ground so they could bear good fruits for God.