Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted (Matthew 13:8 NLT).
Farming season (and in some cases gardening) is upon us; as such, many farmers have started working feverishly on their farms. The art of planting is not as simple as one may think. This is because, to get good yield, one will have to meticulously plan. This planning may include the following: What to plant? The time to plant. Where to plant? How to plant? and What yield to expect?
Each aspect of the planning is very crucial to the overall success of reaping a bumper harvest. Reason being that, farming always involve man and nature. Interestingly, man is always dependent on nature. This is because, no farmer can control the rains, the sun, the soil and other elements from nature.
This truth is fleshed out in Jesus’ parable of the sower; where he referenced four types of soils the sower’s seeds fell on. These are; 1. The wayside soil. 2. The stony soil. 3. The thorny soil. And 4. The good soil.
According to the parable, each soil produced different growth result; though, there was nothing wrong with the seeds sown. Jesus used this parable as an analogy to communicate a spiritual truth about how different groups of people react differently to hearing and receiving the word of God.
From the parable, the seed that fell on the soil by the wayside got destroyed by birds. The seed that fell on stony soil, germinated but withered due to lack of deep soil. The seed that fell on thorny soil though germinated, but got choked by the thorns. It was only the seed that fell on good soil which yielded a thirty, sixty or hundred times more than what was planted.
For us to understand the parable of the sower in relation to farming, we have to strip its spiritual import. The various soils in the parable are reminders of the realities of hard work that goes into farming. Farmers go to work on their farms with the aim of reaping a bumper harvest. With that in mind, they always grow good seeds – seeds that have life with the capacity to germinate, grow and yield good harvest.
However, seeds that are not able to grow to yield good harvest imply something wrong with the soil. The soil may be stony, thorny, or by the wayside. Aside from the soil, other elements of the weather like sun, rain or wind could also impede the growth of good seeds from yielding bumper harvest.
Similarly, as Christians, our spiritual journey could be likened to the growth of a plant or seed. The gardener who is God, expects us to bear fruit. The irony is that, our lives become the soil on which God would plant his seed. Unlike the farmer who may not know the type of soil he’s planting his seeds on, God knows that, each one of us is capable of bearing fruits irrespective of who we are? Anything short of that portrays our sinful nature which inadvertently chokes our ability to bear fruit.
We can only desire to be fruitful in God’s vineyard by heeding to the words of the Psalmist when he said;
1 Oh, the joys of those who do not
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do (Psalm 1:1-3 NLT)
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