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40 Days of Hope
Tuesday, April 16
The Seed of the Gospel
Jesus used parables to teach truth. The imagery employed in His parables were drawn from everyday life. Today’s text is an example of that. Most everyone who listened to Jesus would have understood the work of a farmer. The farmer in our story simply planted seed. He has no power over the seed. He cannot make it grow.
So, whether the farmer sleeps or works all night, he still has no control over the seed. But there is power within the seed. In fact, Jesus says the seed grows automatically! It grows because the seed is good. It will naturally sprout and bear fruit at the harvest.
So, what is Jesus teaching us? The seed will bear the fruit intended – if it is sown. The seed represents the Gospel. We are the sowers. If we will sow the seeds of the Gospel, those seeds will bear fruit. The fruit is the result of the fact that the seed itself is good.
Jesus is challenging His hearers to trust the good news of the Kingdom of God. The Gospel is just that --- Good News! We can trust that it will produce just what God desires. We just have to be faithful to sow the seed. It is good enough to fulfill its destiny. It may be hidden at first. After all, the seed opens underground. But its growth will emerge from the soil and manifest itself as the stalk and finally, the head of grain.
The growth of the Gospel is very similar. It may seem small and insignificant at first. But in time, it will become public. When we receive the Gospel message in our lives, there may be little evidence at first. But --- stay tuned. The power of the Gospel will transform our lives, and we will bear fruit in public!
Jesus had great confidence and hope in the Gospel message. You and I should as well. The Gospel is the truth. It leads to life. Jesus taught this. He also challenged us to spread the good news far and wide. It is too good to keep to ourselves. The seed of the Gospel has borne fruit in our own lives, and we must sow those same seeds in the lives of others.
Today’s text reminds us of how important it is to sow the seeds of the Gospel. Make a list of the people in your life who need this good news. Commit yourself to pray for them. Ask God to use you in sowing the seeds of truth in their lives.