Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Key Verse: (3) “Listen! A sower went out to sow.”
Reflection: This is a familiar parable. If you are like me, as you have listened to the parable you have focused on the different types of soil on which the seed fell: the path where the birds come and eat it up; the rocky ground where the wheat springs up quickly, but in the shallow soil withers in the heat of the sun; the soil full of thorns where the wheat is choked; and finally the good soil where the wheat grows into an overwhelming harvest. Yet as Jesus tells the parable he does not begin talking about the soil. He says, “Listen! A sower went out to sow.”
Is this the parable of the four soils or the parable of the sower? If it is about the sower what do we hear?
My dad gardened. He made sure all of his children helped in the garden whether we wanted to or not! One of my gardening tasks was to sow seed in rows for peas, for beans, and in little mounds of three seeds together about a two feet apart for corn. I assure you if I had gone into the garden and tossed seeds everywhere paying no attention to the places where the seed fell I would have heard from my dad!
Yet consider this sower. He scatters seed far and wide. He sows seed with no regard for where it is going to fall.
Could this be a parable of God’s generosity, of God’s deliberate choice of not sparing the gospel, of wishing it to grow, yes, in the good soil, but also in any soil?
Perhaps you consider yourself hardened soil, or rocky ground, or thorn-infested ground. Regardless, God showers you with grace just as God showers grace on the fertile soil. What if we shared God’s grace in the same way?
Prayer: Generous God, in Jesus the Christ you shower your grace with abandon upon us regardless of the condition of our heart and will. Lead us to share your grace in the same manner, leaving the growth up to you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Author: Pete Peery
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].