Mark 4:3-4 – The Sower: Listen!

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

“Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. (Mark 4:3-4 ESV)

When Jesus commands us to listen, our ears should tune in and our interest immediately pique! Here, Jesus was addressing a crowd on the shore from a boat, speaking to many commoners who normally wouldn’t be seen in the synagogue. This begins a famous parable known as, “The Parable of the Sower”. The Prime Sower is God, who dispenses “the word” (Mark 4:14) through his faithful sowers (2 Corinthians 9:10). Who are the sowers? All of us, not simply our Christian pastors, authors and speakers.

The joy of sowing is given to each of us, that we get to participate in God’s work, in God’s growing of people. In that day, sowing like this was a common method of farming. What would happen, is a sower would take seed and go “out to sow” on various soil types that had not all been prepared to receive the seed. But what is so profound here, is that the parable assumes that seed will indeed be sown, no matter the ground. Only after we see how it prospers can we, as the sowers, determine what kind of soil we have sowed upon. No matter the soil, our delight is to sow the word. For as Ecclesiastes reads,

“In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both will be good.” (Ecclesiastes 11:6 ESV)

In short, our duty is not to leave the sharing of the Gospel, the word, to the “professionals”, or to neglect sowing on soil we don’t deem profitable. No! Our duty is to scatter on every heart and mind that we come into contact with, never withholding our hand.

Remember, we may scatter seed and water it, but God alone gives the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6).

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