July 12, 2020 + Matthew 13:1-9

“That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the lake. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: ‘Listen! A sower went out to sow.  And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!’”

(Matthew 13:1-9)

So, what’s the condition of your “soil,” the condition of your “mind,” the condition of your “heart?”  Jesus tells us that the Sower has been faithful, casting that seed, the Living Word of God, graciously all about us; Yet we are not always able to receive it completely, deeply, not always able to be that good soil which yields fruit thirty, sixty, and even a hundredfold. 

As we continue to live in difficult and trying times, as we continue to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic, as we begin to address the issues of racism; God’s Word is being sown all around us.  It is a Word the seeks to guide us, a Word that seeks to save us, a Word that seeks to transform us.  Often, we hear this Word and are inspired to do the right thing, to live for our neighbor and to seek justice for our neighbor.  We rise up quickly ready to go, ready to live out the kingdom, but the work is not easy, it is not quickly done, and by the time the sun hits mid-day we get weary and our enthusiasm begins to fade and wither away.

God’s Word in our life doesn’t always fall on good soil, as much as we would like to be good, deep, and rich soil; our life often leaves us in a different state; – we become hard paths, rocky hillsides, or just a poorly tended garden.  Yet here’s the good news, the seed keeps coming, God’s word keeps falling upon us, the Sower never rests, and in grace it eventually finds its way even into the hardest of soils, even the hardest of hearts.

So it is that we pray …

“Open My Eyes”


“Open My Eyes”
 
Open my eyes, that I might see
You revealed in each and every way
Open my eyes, that I might see
You standing beside me every day
And when my eyes are open wide
Fill the emptiness inside
 
Open my ears, that I might hear
The sweetest sound ever made
Open my ears, that I might hear
You calling me by name
And when my ears are open wide
Fill the emptiness inside
 
Open my heart, that I might believe
And stand on promises true
Open my heart, that I might believe
And find myself only in you
And when my heart is open wide
Fill the emptiness inside
 
Open my eyes
Open my eyes

Greg Ronning


“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

(Isaiah 55:10-11)
 

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