Sometimes we hear the sermon told with the focus on the soil -- what kind of soil are you?
But it might be closer to the intention of the parable to focus on the sower and the seed. As Jack preached, it occured to me that the crux of the parable is that there is a limitless supply of seed. We so often plant with the idea that we should make the seed count -- we only have a certain amount of it. We only have a certain amount of time, or resources, money or space. We only have a limited number of people or ideas. We need to make them count.
But if the seed is the word of God -- if it is the grace of God -- the love of God -- then the supply is unlimited. Throw it everywhere. Toss it with abandon. It can't be wasted, because it is limitless.
If the seed is unlimited, what does that mean to us?
- We can plant it anywhere and everywhere. We don't need to make judgments about the soil. We just plant
- We don't have to worry about whether we can predict failure or success. Doesn't matter. Just plant.
- We can sow the seed with unlimited generosity. We can celebrate with the sowing of seed. Just plant.
- We aren't responsible for success or failure. We just plant.
Throw it everywhere! Celebrate! Sow!