SOWING THE WORD
10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
As we move in to today, I am wondering if you have ever planted anything in your life? I know that when I was a kid i did an experiment where I planted seeds in a cup to see if they would grow. We tested it with different types of light, different types of water and even different types of soil. One thing I can tell you is that no matter what I did, the seed sprouted roots and began to grow. I know that it was not in the most ideal conditions, but as long as we gave it a fertile foundation, feed it and gave it a light source, it would grow. I say all of that today because I am praying that we see our spiritual journey through Lent the same way. We all have different foundations from our home setting.. we all have been given the same nutrients in God's Word, and the LIGHT has definitely given us an opportunity to grow. The real question is not whether or not we are capable of growing, but whether or not, as the seed we are ready to take root and begin to grow.
It is all based on the condition of our hearts. As we have been preparing for this Lenten journey, my real question to us all is as the seed are we ready to take root? Are we ready to receive the love and nurturing of God and experience the stretching of our faith that will continue to push us beyond our normal limits? Are we ready to take hold of the possibilities that God is ready to use us in a new way that will help multiply the seed. See there is a point and time that we will change from being the seed to be the farmer. There is a point and time
that we have to be transformed in order for the WORD to multiply in the lives of others. We have to be the one that throws it out to land in the soil and pray that it takes root in others lives. We struggle because we think that what we do is not gong to work, but it is not our job to make sure that it happens. We are just called to throw out the seed and God and the soil decides whether to receive the seed or reject it. We are just called to continue casting the seed and allow God the opportunity to break the ground and help it grow.
So we see this from the same perspective of Isaiah. We recognize that Isaiah is watching that God is able to provide for all of His creation and that includes us. If God provides for the earth, how much more is God willing to provide for us? The hardest thing for us to believe is that God really is working daily to plant His Word into our hearts. We just get so caught up with everything else that is going on that we fail to truly step into the fulness of God's Word. I know that in Mark we see Jesus reemphasize the different soils that the seed encounters. We are able to see Jesus speaking to the condition of our hearts based on the type or soil that the Word of God encounters. We either are hard soil, rocky soil, soil with weeds or good soil. If the seed truly is planted in good soil it will grow and multiply beyond anything that we can imagine. It has the opportunity to truly change the entire environment the surrounds it because the WORD OF GOD took root and began to grow.
So our challenge for today is to truly receive. I know that may seem crazy, but in order for the seed to grow, the soil has to receive it. The seed must die in order for life to happen. So God is saying that He was willing to die for us if we would just receive the message that will lead to our growth. Lent, once again, is a time of preparation. It is the ability that we have to take hold of the opportunities in our lives and spend the time preparing the soil for the seed to find a place to take root. As my grandfather was a farmer, he did not just go out and throw
seeds. NO. He took the time to weed the garden, turnover the soil, place nutrients in the ground for the soil to be in better condition to receive the seed and give it the best chance to grow. That is what I have been asking us to do over the last few days. We need to weed out all of the things that are hindering our hearts. We need to turnover our soul to the Gardner, and we need to give God's Word the best opportunity to infiltrate our lives in preparation for how we are going to change the world. The seed is searching for a place to grow... will we allow it be planted in our lives in such a way that everything that is around us will be transformed. "Father, Here I am. What can I do for YOU today? AMEN".