plow first, seed second

27365249_sWhat do you do when the Gospel seed that you are sowing doesn’t take root?

One option is to shake the dust off your feet and move on. However, even though this is a biblical response (Luke 10:10-11), it is not always the right one.

Sometimes the seed doesn’t take root because the soil hasn’t been fully prepared.

The Parable of the Sower illustrates three reasons why disciple makers need to work the soil.

The first reason is spiritual opposition. “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them” (Mark 4:15).

The second reason is social pressure. “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away” (Mark 4:16-17).

The third reason we need to work the soil is second thoughts. “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Mark 4:18-19).

Bottom line: fruitful disciple makers always plow first, and seed second!

Your turn:

  1. What personal story do you have that illustrates the need to plow first and seed second?
  2. How do you know whether to work the soil, sow the seed … or shake the dust off your feet?

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