Are you a Sower?
(Mar 4:3) Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow.
This morning we continue our journey towards Knowing God More. Yesterday we learned about a sower that Jesus thought enough of to mention and
the Holy Spirit thought enough of to document through the Gospel
writer. Jesus may have omitted stories of lawyers going forth to
mitigate law, or doctors going forth to practice medicine, or money
changers going forth to exchange currency, but He thought it necessary
to teach about a Sower that went forth to Sow. Let’s take a closer look
at this guy this morning.
1. He must have been an eater: this man must have been an eater, unless he would have never been a
sower. The gospel is seed for the sower and bread for the eater. Every
man, who really goes out to sow for God, must have first been an eater
himself. There is not a true servant of God on the earth that has not
first eaten of the same gospel upon which he feeds others. The seed must have first preached TO him, before it can preach THROUGH him. Application: God does not want you to attempt to give someone what you do not have, nor
lead them where you have not been. If you are not an eater, the seed
does not even make sense to you. Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every
word that proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4). Once we have
tasted the seed, eaten the bread, and dined form the Master’s table; we
become eligible to testify of the goodness of God.
2. He must have been a receiver: Imagine the mockery of a man going up and down a field, pretending to scatter
seed out of an empty hand. Many engage in activity, but never cross over to productivity, because they leave the barn without anything in their
hands. They have not received and therefore have nothing to give. After
we have tasted of the goodness of God and have become eaters, we must
spend the necessary time with God to become “receivers.” Receivers are
led of God and they know what to say and when to say it. Application: If we spend time with God in prayer and study, He will lead us to sow in
the right fields. Jesus offered fish to fishermen (Mat 1:16-18), water to a
thirsty woman (John 4:13,14), and bread to a hungry crowd (John
6:35). Jesus always received from God before He spoke and therefore
always had the right words to say. The man in the text had to make a
visit to barn before he ever went out into the field. We have to receive before we can sow!
Eating gives us the motivation and receiving gives us the wisdom. We need both to be successful sowers in the Kingdom of God!
So what does this mean to you today? It means that if you are an eater and have tasted of the goodness of God
and have been changed; then you ought to want to share that goodness
with someone else. Before you can share, however, you need to
receive. Don’t go out into the fields with empty hands. Ask God to fill
your hands with His goodness today and this weekend and allow Him to
share His seed with a dying and decaying world. God has been too good to you to keep Him to yourself.
Confession for this day: Lord God. I am an eater. I dine from Your table continuously. I do not live
by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from Your mouth. Your
Word is my guide and the ruler by which I judge my decisions. I am also a receiver and I have an ear to hear what you are saying to me, that you
might speak through me.
In Jesus’ name.