I recently began a study on the Gospel of Mark. What better way to try and learn how to live like Jesus than by reading about his life here on Earth? Anyway, I came across one of Jesus’ parables in Mark 4 that really struck me and opened my eyes up to some things I felt called to share. So, naturally, here’s a blog post about it.
In case you want to read the full text of the parable, it can be found in Mark 4:1-20, and if you aren’t familiar with the Parable of the Sower, I encourage you to read it thoroughly. In summary, Jesus describes a farmer who was scattering his seed, and some of the seed fell in different places along the way. Some fell in rocky places without much soil, some fell in thorns, and some fell in good soil. The seed that landed in rocky places sprouted up quickly but died fast because there was no root. The seed that fell in the thorns grew up but was choked by the thorns and couldn’t produce crops. The seed that fell in good soil grew and produced crops that continued to multiply. Jesus then goes on to explain how each of these scenarios is a representation of how we perceive scripture/God’s word, and how it affects our life.
What resonated the most with me from this parable was Jesus’ explanation of the seed that fell in the thorns and the parallel analogy. In verses 18-19, he says: “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” PAUSE! Red light! Whoa. What’s he saying here? He is saying that we may receive the word and know the truth, but the worries of our life, the desires for earthly things, pride, selfishness, etc. come in and choke the word, making us unable to bear fruit. I had to read this verse about five times to really let that sink in.
When we are caught up in ourselves and the things of this world, we aren’t able to bear fruit or be a light to those around us. I have found myself falling victim to this lately. I just spent a week in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and had a lot of time to relax and reflect. I was reminded of how beautiful and precious life is. And if you are a believer, you know that this world is not your home. You are just passing through temporarily until you reach eternity in Heaven with our Father. This parable revealed to me that I get so worried about this or that, situations I’m facing, and struggles I’m dealing with that I forget what I’m here to do: be a light to others and point them to Jesus.
The last verse of the parable highlights what happens when you hold true to the word of God and allow it to bear fruit in your life. Verse 20 says:
“Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
Don’t let your current situation or whatever you’re dealing with distract you from growing in your faith and bearing fruit. Someone around you needs that fruit. Make sure you are letting the seeds fall in the right soil.