Sow on and Sow on
“. . . Behold, the sower went out to sow;” Mark 4:3
Jesus was the good sower who came into this world. Everywhere He went He was sowing the seeds of the word. This applies to every believer who is faithful to give out the word of God, to sow seeds of the word in people’s hearts. We, as disciples, are only responsible to sow the seed of Jesus. To faithfully share the gospel with others can be a thankless task.
For the church in Mark’s day and for ours, the task of sowing continues, and like the soils, the varieties of responses and rejections have changed little. There are times of discouragement, times when one sees little results. It helps to remember that a sower can only sow and is not responsible for receptivity of the soil.
To be a faithful sower of the word, one must preach the whole gospel, including the uncomfortable parts which hack away at self-interest, to be comfortable and encouraged. Someone once said the truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable. Today, in our culture where there is constant pursuit of comfort, we, as disciples, must be okay with our message-causing discomfort and leave the results to God.
There will always be resistance. The opposing kingdom puts up a fight. The gospel will be met with adversity and opposition. The stark truth is not everyone is going to receive the gospel with open arms; many will reject it.
The apostle Paul had his share of hostility and contention. He wrote about the rivalry the gospel creates “For we are a fragrance of Christ . . . To the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:15,16).
We, by ourselves, can’t sustain the negativism brought on by sowing the truth. We need a deep sense of God’s call not to be overcome by discouragement when our faithful sowing is met with little response. The failure of people to respond must not be an excuse to quit sowing into their lives.
The sowing of the word may not be received, but it remains powerful. Sometimes, it may be hard to believe that God’s word does not fail when we see little results. Be careful to not fall victim to despair when we cannot point to great success. At the same time, stunning results do not determine the truth of what we believe. Keep on sowing Jesus to others.
Who in your life needs to hear you share the gospel with them? Make it a point to go do it!