Tired of Sowing Seeds?
Matthew 13:23 “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”I just recently read through the parable of the Sower. If you've never read it I'd encourage you to read it now. It's pretty short (Matt. 13:1-9, 18-23)! That last verse is an encouraging verse for me. At times I read this parable and feel like I’m the seed among the thorns that are choking out my faith, but then I read the verse after that explaining the difference between the seed sown on good soil and all the others. The difference is that the seed on good soil bears fruit. Some seed yield a hundredfold, others sixty and others thirty.How much have I yielded? I don’t know, but I just imagine coming to Jesus at the end of my days and him being glad, even if all I could manage was yielding one piece of fruit. As long as I’m bearing fruit it doesn’t matter how much. We’re all equal in the kingdom of God.What about you? Do you feel worn out, tired, angry, frustrated, ready to quit, hopeless? Turn to the Father of lights (James 1:17) who has given his Son, Jesus and ask Him to give you rest (Matt. 11:28). Pray that His Holy Spirit would fill you up with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23).Meditate on the reality that through the cross you are completely forgiven (Eph. 1:7), fully pleasing (Rom. 5:1), totally accepted (Col. 1:21-22), and deeply loved by God (1 John 4:9-11). Let that be the reason to continue bearing fruit in the midst of trials, whether that means you end up bearing hundredfold, sixty, thirty or even one.