8 DECEMBER 2019 SOWING THE GOSPEL - Part 1 of 2 Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. Hosea 10:12 (ESV) Jesus used the example of sowing seed to teach a lesson on spreading the seed of the gospel. God desires that His Word be spread and that its work in the heart of man would bring forth a bountiful harvest. He has given to man the duty to sow this seed. In order for man to be effective in this effort, he must first have the seed sown in his own heart. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops, 2 Timothy 2:6. As the seed sown in our hearts comes to fruit in faithful obedience, we also go forth sowing seed. The call for this work is to all who have allowed the Word to cleanse and regenerate their heart and change their life. An unbiased vision is necessary for effectiveness when sowing gospel seed. God is no respecter of persons; neither is His servant to be. God offers His Word to all, and it will work for anyone who has a prepared acre. Who knows where those prepared spots are? Since it is not always so evident, the sower needs to spread the seed of the gospel everywhere so that some will come to fruit. We are called to take sow the Gospel to all nations and our concern should be that the hearts of the hearers, whatever their condition, be covered sufficiently with the true Word of the gospel. Among all the adverse conditions, there will be some prepared soil that in time will bear the fruit of a spiritual harvest. Jesus did not indicate that preparation of the field was the duty of the sower. However, there are some factors that are important for the sower to consider. He does not just go out one day and start slinging seed. He spends time familiarizing himself with the seed and its value and is aware that there is a season for sowing. God is the one who prepares the heart through the gentle, timely work of His Holy Spirit. He tenderly invites, showing man his sin and pointing out the judgement that will come on sin. He shows him that he is lost without a Saviour. God also points out those who are humbly walking His way and the comfort and security they experience. He shows what joy can be experienced when the godly way is chosen. His desire is that the Spirit’s tender work will soften and prepare the heart so when the faithful servant sows the seeds of the gospel, some will fall on prepared soil. He is calling the stony heart and the heart that is filled with the cares of life as well as those who are standing on the wayside of indecision. As He sends His faithful servant to sow, He sends equally to all conditions of the heart for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23 Courtesy of Gospel Publishers, Moundridge Kansas
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