By Sarah Evans
As we read and study the parable of the sower in Luke 8:1-18, it is interesting that Jesus is making the comparison between a farmer sowing actual seed (that reaps physical food), and one who sows the Word of God into the heart of others (that reaps a spiritual harvest). And so one important question that we must ask ourselves, when thinking about this parable is the following:
When it comes to sowing the Word the God, who is the sower?
1. We, as believers in Jesus Christ are the sowers. We are to sow the Word of God into the hearts of those in our sphere of influence
We are called to evangelize! To spread the good news!
What would happen if the farmer failed to sow his seed? There would be no harvest and there would be a lack of food. This would mean that the farmer would not be able to adequately sustain his family. They could be at risk of starving and their physical condition would suffer.
Therefore, if we want a bountiful harvest of souls for the kingdom of God, and to see many people grow into Christians who are healthy and strong spiritually, we need to first sow the Word of God into their hearts. This is our job!
Jesus is our greatest example: ‘He preached and bought glad tidings of the kingdom of God everywhere He went’, thus we can also follow in His footsteps.
EVANGELISM comes through our words and actions. When other people watch our lives, do we exhibit a lifestyle of gladness?
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22) Do other people see the fruits of the Spirit in our lives?
2. Evangelism is not an option…it is the great commission of Jesus for His followers
‘And Jesus came and said “go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you”’. (Matthew 28:19-20)
Many of us know that it is important to evangelize but we feel inadequate when it comes to actually doing so. This is because there are a number of things that we need to first take into consideration:
Firstly, we must ask God to give us a burden for those who are lost; those who do not yet know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. If we do not care, we will not share!
Secondly, we must actively look for opportunities to share the good news throughout our day. Often there are missed moments in our day, merely because we do not see. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to direct us so that we know WHO to share with, and WHEN. Once we are ready and willing, the Lord will bring the right person to us, at exactly the opportune time.
Next, we must ask God to remove all the stumbling blocks that would prevent us from sharing the good news. For many of us this is fear, or timidity, or even a sense of inadequacy in knowing what to say. Many times we do not receive because we fail to ask God. If God has called us, He will also equip us! The more time we spend in His presence, the easier His words will flow through us.
Lastly, we must humble ourselves under God’s mighty plan and allow Him to use our vessels; our mouth, hands and feet, for His glory. We do not always understand His plan, but we do know that He desires for us to share the good news and so we must trust His perfect plan of salvation.
3. Our job is to plant the seed, it is the Lord’s work to bring the increase
1 Corinthians 2:6-7 – ‘I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase’
Whether others listen when we share the good news or not is irrelevant. We must do our work and evangelize, and lay down the outcome at God’s feet. How the seed falls, whether at the wayside, or among the thorns, on the stony ground, or on the good earth is not our responsibility. This is in the sovereign hand of God. Let us rest in knowing that He is in control, as we continue to pray for the individuals that we have shared with. It is not our burden to carry. Then we must share the good news with joy and gladness!
Evangelism is on God’s heart. Is it something that moves your heart to action?