Happy at Harvest Time

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Mark 4:3-8 ERV; “Listen! A farmer went out to sow seed.  While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew quickly there because the soil was not deep.  But then the sun rose and the plants were burned. They died because they did not have deep roots.  Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing. So they did not make grain.  But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it began to grow, and it made grain. Some plants made 30 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 100 times more.”

So, I’m thinking that this person was a farmer as it obviously states in this story. A farmer knows his soil, right? Why then would he indiscriminately sow his seed? Wouldn’t you think he would only sow seed where he knew it would produce the maximum harvest? I mean really, isn’t that why you farm? To produce a huge harvest for huge profit and income?

Verses 13-20 give explanation: Then Jesus said to the followers, “Do you understand this story? If you don’t, how will you understand any story?  The farmer is like someone who plants God’s teaching in people.  Sometimes the teaching falls on the path. That is like some people who hear the teaching of God. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the teaching that was planted in them.

“Other people are like the seed planted on rocky ground. They hear the teaching, and they quickly and gladly accept it.  But they don’t allow it to go deep into their lives. They keep it only a short time. As soon as trouble or persecution comes because of the teaching they accepted, they give up.

 “Others are like the seed planted among the thorny weeds. They hear the teaching,  but their lives become full of other things: the worries of this life, the love of money, and everything else they want. This keeps the teaching from growing, and it does not produce a crop in their lives.

 “And others are like the seed planted on the good ground. They hear the teaching and accept it. Then they grow and produce a good crop—sometimes 30 times more, sometimes 60 times more, and sometimes 100 times more.”

Do you know why this is so beautiful? God gives revelation to those hungry for truth. The harvest is simply determined by the condition of the soil of the heart. If their heart is hard from bitterness and anger, they’ll hear it, it will sound good, but as soon as someone hurts them again, they forget the Word because the soil of their heart hasn’t changed.

It’s the same with those who worry all the time about not having enough money. Their focus is on how much they have or don’t have and the soil of their heart is influenced by the rise and fall of the economy. They haven’t learned to completely trust in God, to bring back to God what is his and give offerings out of the anticipated blessing they’ll receive. They always wait till things are good. They trust in money more than they trust in God. Watch their giving when they go through tough times, it will either stop all together, or go down to barely nothing.

Father, you have tested the soil of my heart to see if I will be influenced by the things of this world. I hope I have proved to you that you are the only one who really matters to me. I can’t take anything with me when I go, so since I am your daughter and you constantly watch over me and keep me in all your ways, I will purpose to give lavishly. I will partake of your Word and ask for revelation, because you give liberally to all who ask. Everything I have is yours, even the words of my mouth. May I be a faithful sower so that you may come again for a great harvest. It’s in Jesus’ name. Amen

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