A Compelling Promise

Jesus gives us an intriguing look into the Gospel outreach process in the parable of the sower:

“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up. Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out. Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.”

As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

(Luke 8:5-8, NASB)

Several thoughts stand out:
  • Most seed does not produce a crop.
  • Some seed will be phenomenally productive.
  • The sower focuses on sowing, not on predicting yield.
  • We are to pay attention.

While this parable doesn't emphasize the critical work of the Holy Spirit in preparing the soil, directing the sower, and nurturing the plants, it does seem clear that an abundant harvest is also dependent on abundant sowing of seed.

This is consistent with other Scriptures that speak of the readiness of the harvest and of yield being proportional to investment or effort.


How ought these principles impact our audio Gospel sowing?

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