My wife and I have planted a garden this year. Ali knows what she’s doing when it comes to planting things. I, on the other hand, have no idea of what I’m doing. I have only ever planted one flower, and it was dead within a week.
We planted pumpkins, broccoli, lettuce, eggplant, zucchini, and cucumbers about a month ago. Our pumpkins are currently growing like crazy. We planted the zucchini, eggplant, and cucumbers next to each other but didn’t mark which was which. We have two of the three growing, only time will tell what ones they are. Finally, the lettuce and broccoli never even sprouted.
The thing that I don’t understand is how it is that we did the exact same thing to all of the plants, yet the yielded different results. Some of them are thriving and some of them never even came to life, even though we gave each of them what they needed.
This reminded me of the parable that Jesus shared in Mark 4: 26-29,
“This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself, the soil produces grain— first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
I can assure you that I have no earthly idea how crops grow. We literally just stuck some seeds in the ground and now we huge plants that will soon be producing fruit. Likewise, I don’t understand what made the broccoli and lettuce not grow. This is the same for us as we go out and share the love of God and the Gospel.
We have no idea which seeds are going to grow and which aren’t. I have had the privilege to share the Gospel with many people throughout my years of ministry. Some came to faith immediately, some over the course of months or years, and some never became believers. I presented them all with the same information and loved each of them the best that I could but the results varied.
This is an excellent reminder that sharing the Gospel isn’t about us or our ability, it’s all about planting the seeds. We will never know who is “good soil”(Mark 4:8) or who is the “rocky soil” (Mark 4:5) and that’s not our role in all of this. We were never called to be growers, we were called to be sowers. It is up to us to love people and to tell them that Christ loves them and died for them. Then, we let God take it from there. Let us go out and sow the seeds of faith liberally, trusting that God will do the rest.