Harvest Time


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Sow What?         Harvest Time!

 Matthew 13:1-8, 18, 23

You’ve sown the seeds, now it’s time to harvest!

13 That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore.

Parable of the soils

He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. Other seed fell on rocky ground where the soil was shallow. They sprouted immediately because the soil wasn’t deep. But when the sun came up, it scorched the plants, and they dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorny plants. The thorny plants grew and choked them. Other seed fell on good soil and bore fruit, in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.

18 “Consider then the parable of the farmer.

23 As for what was planted on good soil, this refers to those who hear and understand, and bear fruit and produce—in one case a yield of one hundred to one, in another case a yield of sixty to one, and in another case a yield of thirty to one.”

Focus:

The sower has scattered the seed. Some of it (if we divide it equally among the four soils it would be only 25% return) falls on fertile soil. That twenty-five percent success is good enough for God. Maybe we should be satisfied with 25% return – that is if we gain 100 new people attending, 25 will be actively involved in discipleship.

This is a good Sunday to ask, “Which soil are you?”

  • Is God’s wasted on you?
  • Are you a consumer Christian?
  • Do you unnecessarily worry?
  • Do you let God’s word infiltrate your life to produce fruit?

Memory Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:9

God is faithful, and you were called by him to partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Stewardship Thought:

Something elemental had to happen for a harvest to occur – THE SOWER HAD TO SOW!
 
Reflect On:
1) What is the one most critical thing I still need to do in my life to be fertile soil?
2) Where and how will I scatter seeds in the following months?

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