Mark 4:1-20 (NKJV)
1 And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea.
2 Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching:
3 “Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
5 Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
7 And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.
8 But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
9 And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”
10 But when He was alone, those around Him with the twelve asked Him about the parable.
11 And He said to them, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are outside, all things come in parables,
12 so that ‘Seeing they may see and not perceive, And hearing they may hear and not understand; Lest they should turn, And their sins be forgiven them.’ ” , Isaiah 6:10
13 And He said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?
14 The sower sows the word.
15 And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
16 These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;
17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
18 Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word,
19 and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
The planting of seeds in seasons provides us to see the beauty of God’s love. Seeds producing plants that provide color, plants that produce beautiful flowers for us to see, plants that produce nectar for insects and birds, as well as plants that produce vegetables or fruits are all part of God’s creative work. He loves us so much and everything is in His plans.
As we see in Scripture we are to plant seeds of His love knowing it is His plan for us to receive His love and share His love. As we see Jesus explain the parable we learn that all seed will not go as we had planned but keep planting His love into others.
So, as you sit here today pull out a piece of paper and jot down the names of people to pray for that fall into one of these areas:
1. Those that are lost.
2. Those that have had their joy stolen.
3. Those that have lost their direction and purpose.
4. Those that are being fruitful.
We are to pray that the seeds of love we have planted will be received and produce what God desires for them to produce. God loves us yet not all understand His love and that is why you see the need for praying and sharing.
God puts people in our path for His purpose. So, pray and look for the opportunities He places before you. Look for opportunities to listen, encourage, share in any way, but remember not to appear as judgmental, but as a loving neighbor sharing His love.
So, pray, prepare, plant, praise Him and see what He produces through you for His Glory. You are entrusted with His love so share His love in all the ways He shows you.