- The condition of the soil matters.
- The generosity of the sower matters.
- What is done in secret matters.
- And the outward appearance does not matter as much as we think.
In the fourth chapter of Mark’s gospel I’m beginning to see a way of life that just might be sustainable and at the same time extremely powerful.
It begins with cultivating a mindset that understands that there is ALWAYS a storm coming for those of us here on earth who have answered the call to follow the Lord Jesus Christ… the Son if God. Always.
I’d probably say that even for those not following Jesus, there’s a storm coming.
And with this reality comes the motivation I need…
- for making sure the soil of my heart is good,
- for making sure I am sowing generously into the lives of others,
- for making sure that my private life is aligned with my public one, and
- for refusing to make judgements according to outward appearances.
- How do I make sure the soil of my heart is good?
- How do I day after day sow generously into the lives of others?
- How do I go about keeping my inner life aligned with my outer?
- How do I keep myself from making judgements according to outward appearances?
These are the questions I’m currently asking the Holy Spirit. I believe the lives of many depend on our getting the answers to these questions right. And I believe Mark chapter 4 contains a few clues to help us out. Stay tuned.
Over and out.
“”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. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.
And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”
And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
Mark 4:3-9, 21-22, 26-32, 37-39 ESV