Today, the portion of our passage that impacted me the most was the parable of the sown seeds.
Usually when I read these passages I'm more concerned with the theology behind how people receive the gospel message. Ex - if they fall away easily does that mean you can throw away your faith, or does it mean that it wasn't genuine to begin with.
But today I noticed something different.
The farmer sowed his seed. But he was not responsible for what happened to the plants. There isn't a verse that says "but some of the seed was sown using the wrong sowing method and it died" or "the farmer forgot to tend to the plants so they didn't make it.
The lesson? We are responsible to sow the seeds - to share the gospel. But we are not responsible for how the seed grows. That's the work of the Holy Spirit, the state of the person's heart, and their decision of what to do with the message they've heard. We can't always see whether the soil is fertile - we're responsible to sow anyway.
Are you and I sowing any seeds?
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18, Mark 4:26-29, Matthew 13:24-33, Mark 4:30-32, Luke 13:18-21, Matthew 13:34-35, Mark 4:33-34, Matthew 13:36-52, Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, Luke 8:22-25, Matthew 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, Luke 8:26-39, Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56