The Scriptures give us truth that can be applied in any area of life.
God’s law of sowing and reaping is one such truth. There will never be a harvest apart from sowing the seed for the crop to grow. If I sow corn seed, I can expect a harvest of corn. The seeds planted will always determine the product.
Jesus uses this picture about the farmer sowing his seed to help us understand how the harvest of the Kingdom of God works. The big picture for us is that the harvest of the Kingdom is people—people who were given the seed of God’s Word that is found in the gospel.
We need to plant the seeds of the gospel so that these people have a clear opportunity to respond to God’s offer of grace.
In Mark 4, Jesus tells us that believers are to be the faithful sowers of the Kingdom message. I believe one of the greatest hindrances to the harvest is that we don’t sow the seed in our personal networks—such as family, friends, business, and social contacts.
Jesus was always looking for opportunities to tell people about the Father’s love. Likewise, it’s in our networks that opportunities for sharing the gospel take place.
One of my friends asked me if I would pray for him to have some opportunities to share the gospel. I said, “No, but I will pray for your boldness to speak to the opportunities all around you.” You can’t reap a harvest from Christ’s love among those who have already experienced it. The seed of Jesus’ love and forgiveness is for the unbelievers—the sinners who have not heard—and they are all around us.
“On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” -Mark 2:17
Later in Mark 4, we see the different ways people respond to the seeds we sow through the different types of soil. There are those who receive the message with joy, but trials cause them to abandon the faith. In some, Satan steals the…Continue Reading@ https://blog.eastwest.org
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- How do I fulfil my destiny? Our destiny is bound up in our response to the Gospel. “Are you saved or lost?” That is the question above all questions. The declaration of the Gospel is “Jesus saves.” He saves from wrath, judgment, hell, bondage, the devil, and darkness. He saves us from dying in our sins. …People insure their houses and yet do not insure their eternal future. Yet we know that salvation offers so much more. Who else offers such insurance but Jesus?
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