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Mar
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Sharing The Gospel With Everyone

Starting here in Luke 8, we begin to see Jesus teaching in parables more often.  The parable found in Luke 8:1-15 is quite the famous one.  Jesus told stories using objects that would have been very familiar to the people of His day.  Today’s parable had an agricultural theme.  This would have resonated with those who heard it first.  It was a very agrarian society.  What is interesting to note is that in verses 1-3, Luke takes special care to mention that Jesus had several female followers.  This would have been highly unusual to mention since it was also a very patriarchal society.  Luke’s Gospel mentions women more than the other three Gospels.  Jesus did not discriminate.  He welcomed all who would come and follow Him and He still does today.
As for the parable, a farmer goes out to sow some seed.  This farmer sows seed indiscriminately.  He scatters the seed and it falls wherever it may.  He scattered some on the hard path upon which people walked.  Some fell on rocky ground.  Some fell among the thorns.  Finally, some fell on good soil.  Each of these kinds of soils represent different kinds of hearts.
  • A hard path = a hard heart.  This person has hardened their heart to the point of being unable to hear God’s Word and accept it.  They are easy prey for the devil to steal the Word away from them.
  • Rocky ground = a spiritually immature heart.  This person does not count the cost of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.  They want all the benefits of following Jesus, but when hard times come, they fall away.
  • Thorny ground = a distracted heart.  This person is more concerned for the things of this world than the things of Heaven.  The cares and pleasures of this world choke out the things of God.
  • Good soil = a ready and willing heart.  This person is ready to hear and receive the Word of God.  Someone has taken time to till the fields of their heart.  Someone has taken time to plant the seed.  With time, the seeds will grow into mature faith.

I believe that we should be sharing the Gospel with everyone.  We do not know the hearts of people.  We must share the Gospel everywhere we go.  We do not know who may be ready to hear the Word and accept it, believe in Jesus and receive forgiveness from their sins.  The Bible says that we should always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that we have (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).  Let us seek to share and live out the Gospel with everyone we meet today.

Luke 8:1-15

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

8 After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”

When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,

“‘though seeing, they may not see;
though hearing, they may not understand.’

11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

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