There is a story about a farmer who was throwing out some seed. The farmer noticed that some of the seeds were immediately eaten up by the birds. Other seeds sprang up and blossomed rather quickly, but also died just as fast. It was clear to the farmer that the seeds didn’t have a root system deep enough to last when the drought came. Thorns grew up where some seeds landed. He was disappointed to see them choked and overrun by the thorns. Finally, some of the seeds were sprouting up from splendid soil. He began to notice that not only were the plants producing, but they were producing above and beyond anything he imagined - thirty, sixty, even one hundred times over.
Where do you find yourself in this parable? You might hear God’s word and reject it or see the same happen in the lives of family, friends, or coworkers.
Some people have a high school summer camp high, or even a new year’s resolution ambition. You are spiritually on fire, but when the proverbial fires of life comes (or the month of February) you are taxed and wither away.
You may find yourself being the seed among the thorns. You want to grow your relationship with the Lord, but there’s an awesome new show on Netflix. You have kids that have “umpteen” sporting events and activities. You have to file your taxes soon. You are trying to save a little bit more for that vacation this summer. Your job is hectic and life just doesn’t seem to slow down at all! The business of life and the cares of this world get to you and you find yourself drifting from God.
Finally, there are seeds that fall on good soil. Now this is where it gets good. When we read, understand, and obey God’s word we bear fruit. Jesus says, “He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty” (Matthew 13:23).
Let that be you in this new year. Let God transform your heart and give you an ear to hear His words and eyes to see Him in the everyday. Be a light in a dark world. Watch God work in your life as he produces spiritual fruit, thirty, sixty, and even a hundred fold.