S (Scripture): Luke 8:4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from one town after another, he spoke to them in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled on, and the wild birds devoured it. 6 Other seed fell on rock, and when it came up, it withered because it had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among the thorns, and they grew up with it and choked it. 8 But other seed fell on good soil and grew, and it produced a hundred times as much grain.” As he said this, he called out, “The one who has ears to hear had better listen!”
11 “Now the parable means this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in a time of testing fall away. 14 As for the seed that fell among thorns, these are the ones who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the worries and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 But as for the seed that landed on good soil, these are the ones who, after hearing the word, cling to it with an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with steadfast endurance.”
O (Observation): Jesus gives the gift and privilege of explaining a parable to the disciples. Jesus doesn’t do this often, so this is a special treat. And of course, Jesus uses an image of seeds and earth and fruit, something with which the people of the time could relate.
A (Application): And yet…even as Jesus explains this one, questions still linger for me.
My first instinct is to put myself with the seeds being dropped in good soil and bearing fruit. However…I also have times and seasons in which I’m choked by thorns…or when my roots are not deep enough.
So, while this one is explained, I still need help.
Perhaps, we are to see ourselves as all of these seeds. Maybe we all have times when our roots don’t set, when we are choked by thorns, when we actually do bear fruit. We get too busy, too distracted, to selfish. But then, by God’s grace, we also find ourselves in good soil, bearing fruit a hundred-fold.
Where do you relate to this parable today?
P (Prayer): Lord, may I be found in good soil, clinging to your Truth. And my our nation be found to be good soil, from which springs forth people willing to bring peace through love, not force.
Please be with all victims (especially with the families and friends of the victims of the police shootings in Baton Rougue and St. Anthony, MN, and the family and friends of the police officers shot in Dallas). May you bring forth, in this nation, wisdom and solidarity amongst our peoples.