This week I spent some time reading the Gospel of Matthew and stumbled upon one of my favorite parables.
The Parable of the Sower: Matthew Chapter 13 verses 3-9
And he told them many things in Parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they had not much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched; and since they had no root they withered away. Other seeds fell upon thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
The entire chapter thirteen in the Gospel of Matthew stands out to me, especially during such a busy time where farmers are preparing to harvest what they planted months ago in the ground. I think about the time and energy my grandpa, dad, neighbors, best friends etc. would spend planting their wheat fields in hope to see a profit of their hard work.
But as I really read into this parable, it is not merely about the planting of a field to harvest – it’s much more than that. It’s about our faith and where we choose to plant our roots.
Some choose the common path with no roots. These are the ones that easily become lost or stray off of the path or are easily devoured by the evil doings of this world.
Then there are the ones that fall on rocky ground. They have some faith, but not deep enough to resist the temptations of the world.
The seeds that landed among the thorns are the ones that fall to the wrong crowds. The ones that believe in the wrong and plant their roots there. It is not a life of goodness, but rather will eventually come back to devour them.
As for the seeds that fell upon good soil, they are the ones who live in the light and prosper. They are the ones who produce great product for the Lord. The ones who plant themselves in the good soil have deepened their roots in faith and have all that it needs.
We must remember that we live in this world, but we are not of this world… we have a destination to return to God in the end. The path to eternal life will be found when we plant ourselves in the good soil. When we listen to the good news of the Lord, obey His will, and nourish our bodies with the goodness and richness of the soil.
For those who will listen: I have learned the most important thing we can do is to plant our roots deep in faith and the rest will come much easier.