“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.” – Mark 4:3, NIV
In Mark 4, Jesus shares the parable of the farmer. The farmer went out with his seeds and planted them. Some of the seeds were eaten by the birds. Some of the seeds didn’t have enough soil and never took root.
Still, some seeds fell in a good place. These seeds made roots and became towering plants that yielded abundant harvests.
In many ways, each Christian is a farmer. Your seeds are the Gospel of Christ. You plant those seeds by doing acts of kindness for others, loving them, and forgiving them when they’ve wronged you.
But it’s important to understand that the farmer can’t assume responsibility for everything. All you can do is plant those seeds. Some of them may never take root. Some may be taken away before they can make a difference.
However, there will be some seeds that fall to the good ground and take deep root. Lives will change as more people discover the amazing love of Jesus.
Spread the word but don’t feel overwhelming pressure like it’s all on you. Your job is merely to plant seeds. Let God handle the rest!
God, sometimes, I’m tempted to believe I’m responsible for everything and everyone. But that’s my way of trying to control the world. Help me to take my hands off the wheel. You’re in charge, and I choose to rest in that knowledge. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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