And no, I’m not talk­ing about the sort of “seed” that “pros­per­ity gospel” huck­sters on TV try to con­nive you to send them.

Over at his blog today, Tim Bris­ter reminds us about the para­ble of the sower, found in all three syn­op­tic Gospels, includ­ing .

The point of Jesus’ para­ble is that the seed, the gospel, is spread over all kinds of soil, but only takes root in good soil. Tim is right when he says that we’re too stingy in spread­ing the seed — only look­ing for a place where it can sprout — rather than trust­ing God to give the increase.

Tim’s full post is at his blog Provo­ca­tions and Pant­i­ngs.


4:1 Again he began to teach beside the sea. And a very large crowd gath­ered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat in it on the sea, and the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. And he was teach­ing them many things in para­bles, and in his teach­ing he said to them: “Lis­ten! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured it. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and imme­di­ately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it with­ered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain. And other seeds fell into good soil and pro­duced grain, grow­ing up and increas­ing and yield­ing thir­ty­fold and six­ty­fold and a hun­dred­fold.” And he said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

10 And when he was alone, those around him with the twelve asked him about the para­bles. 11 And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the king­dom of God, but for those out­side every­thing is in para­bles, 12 so that

“they may indeed see but not per­ceive,
and may indeed hear but not under­stand,
lest they should turn and be forgiven.”

13 And he said to them, “Do you not under­stand this para­ble? How then will you under­stand all the para­bles? 14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan imme­di­ately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, imme­di­ately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in them­selves, but endure for a while; then, when tribu­la­tion or per­se­cu­tion arises on account of the word, imme­di­ately they fall away. 18 And oth­ers are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceit­ful­ness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruit­ful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thir­ty­fold and six­ty­fold and a hun­dred­fold.” (ESV)