Saturday, June 15, 2013

Spreading Good News

Mark 4:1-20

When God's Word hits fertile ground there is a super harvest. That's why Jesus teaches us that we are to spread God's Word everywhere all the time and trust the Holy Spirit for the results. He makes his point by telling a story from a everyday life about a farmer who walks over his field, scattering the seed with his hands.

He sows the seed indiscriminately because he has plenty. He does not try to change the soil at all. No plowing nor fertilizer; he has one job to do. The sower isn’t responsible for the yield but only for spreading the seed. This was how they planted in Jesus' day.

Jesus explained that the seed represented the Word of God. The soils represented the condition of the hearts of those who hear the Word. The power is in the seed. The soils are God's responsibility.

The seed that fell on the good ground sprouted and grew. It produced a crop 30, 60, 100 times what was expected (Mark 4:20). Even though much of the seed doesn’t produce, the harvest is still huge!

We are to spread God's Word to every heart, ALL the time. The Holy Spirit is at work, preparing the heart's of the hearers. When the time is right, the seed will take root.

There are some easy ways to spread the seed.
  1. share your story (what does God mean to you)
  2. share tracts
  3. invite people to a church event

Create opportunities for the Holy Spirit to work. God promises that spreading His Word will result in a great harvest!

For the word of God is living and powerful,
and sharper than any two-edged sword”
Hebrews 4:12

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