Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A SCENARIO of FOUR SEEDS – (based on Matthew 13:1-23)

The evangelization of the world is the Great Commission as commanded by the LORD Jesus Christ before His ascension into heaven (MATT 28:19-20; MARK 16:15-16). The Gospel is going out by various means today: television, radio, Internet, printed materials in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, Gospel tracts, as well as Evangelistic Crusades and street witnessing.

As the Word of God proceeds and reaches the hearts of people, there are different responses and specific causes for each response. In Matthew’s Gospel Ch. 13 (also MARK 4; LUKE 8) our LORD describes these causes and effects for us.

Its worthy of note that of the four different scenarios depicted only one of these brought forth good fruit; in all of the other cases, the seed was unfruitful. This should be a warning and an admonition for us as God’s children, particularly for those just starting out in the faith ("babes in Christ" 1 COR 3:2; 1 PET 2:2). We must make sure that we tend the ‘garden of our heart’ to be sure it is properly tilled, weeded and protected from those elements that would prove detrimental to good and healthy growth.