“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it” (Mark 4:3, 4).
The entire world looks like farming land in the eyes of God. Jesus asked to go into the entire world and preach the Gospel to every creature. He said that the farm land where we sow is the heart of the people. Truth is a need for every man and so are the Scriptures.
In Mark, chapter 4 we tread about four different lands. First is the land by the side of the pathway. The seeds sown here will not reach the bottom of the heart. They will stay on the surface of the land. The birds will easily pick them and consume. Some people read the Bible in a similar manner. They will close the bible after reading two or three verses as a perfunctory. They will not meditate on them. After a few minutes they will not be able to recollect what they had read. Satan will clear everything from their mind.
The second comes a land with stones and devoid of mud. These people will yield to what the read to a certain extent. The sprouts will come out. But due to the inability of the root to pierce into the ground it will wither away in a short span of time. Similar to this many people will read the bible but fall away when tribulations and sorrows come on the way. The third kind of land is the land with thorns. The thorns denote the worldly sorrows and the craze over luxury. Different lusts arise and they choke the people.
At the same time good land is also there. Those who do not leave their heart like a dry land but maintain it properly through ploughing etc. will yield in thirty fold, sixty fold and hundred fold. So, dear children of God, when you come to Church to hear God’s Word come with eagerness, thirst and expectations. “Will God talk to me today? What is the promise God has for me?” When you come with these thoughts, God’s Word will go into you piercing your heart. God is watering it and the ministers help the process. Your yield will be high.
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him” (Genesis 26:12). When you minister, sow the seed with faith and prayer. Sow with expectation to get yield in hundred fold. What God said? “Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days” (Ecclesiastes 11:1). Dear children of God, may God help you to get good yield.
To meditate: – “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred” (Mark 4:20).