13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Somepeople are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
If you where to ask me when I was a kid, heck if you asked me now, do I desire to be a farmer? I would tell you NO WAY! I have no desire to wake up at 4am to go tend to an open field & plant crops. I’m willing to go out on a limb and say Jesus wakes up at 10am. Anyone with me?
As much as my physical nature cares nothing about farming, I have created a spiritual passion to farming. I may not like farming, but I highly respect the farmer.
Farmers are incredible people. They live a life that not many are willing to live. We don’t want their lifestyle, but we do want what they are growing.
Have you ever asked yourself, why does a farmer farm? Is it to stock up the barn with corn & wheat in case World War III? Is it to build a field of dreams? Does the farmer live for the Harvest? The answer is NO! The farmer lives for the seed.
We want the sweet corn bread & mamma’s sweet potato pie. Not the farmer, they want the seed.
This is why Jesus said “Don’t you Understand?” It’s not about the harvest it’s about the seed. We celebrate the Harvest, but we live for the seed.
Jesus said “people are like the seed” & “Farmers sow the Word.”
If farmers only worked one day a week on Sunday’s we would all be in trouble. Bye bye Whole Foods, Central Market, & HEB. Bye Bye Torchy’s Tacos! (tear in my eye) A farmer is planting seed & maintaining that seed daily. He maintains them until they have a strong root base.
I’ve realized I have a mandate, as do you, to have a spirit led farmers lifestyle. Here’s some questions for you;
1) Have you sown a word into someone’s life today?
I’m not talking about a 10 minute prophetic word from God. I’m talking a simple text seed to someone letting them know you believe in them, love them, & are praying for them. Simple seeds produce the most amazing fruit trees.
2) Have you prayed for someone today?
I don’t have the patience to pray for an hour, but I never go an hour without praying. I find someone daily I can sow a seed of prayer into there life. It can be anyone from a stranger to my wife. A prayer seed is a daily mission for me.
3) Have you served someone today?
Little things like buying someone’s coffee in line at Starbucks. Someone’s chick-fil-a meal in the drive through line. Doing the laundry & vacuuming the house husbands. All the ladies said…AMEN! Find somewhere to sow a seed of serving daily.
4) Have you followed Up?
“But since they have no root” Do you have someone in your life your helping who has no root system. They need you daily for support & structure. If we don’t reach them, the enemy will.
My last thing for you today is, Every Seed Matters!
I met a gentlemen at church who told me the story of when we first met. I didn’t remember the story because I meet a lot of people & our conversation when we met was brief. He told me we first met when he was in prison. He was in lock down. Which means a 4×7 cell by himself with no getting out. We where leaving & as I was passing by he asked for me to pray for him. I made it quick, asked his name and if he knew Jesus. He wanted Jesus in his life & asked I pray with him quickly. Maybe lasted two minutes long, if that! Two years later he walks into church born again still & doing amazing with his life. NEVER NEVER NEVER underestimate the power of a simple seed.
Who’s life are you changing today? Get out and start farming!