Scripture Passage: Luke 4: 22, 22 All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his lips. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked.
Jesus drew pictures in the minds of people with His words. Thousands of people desired to listen to Him, Even after 2000 years, the preachings of Jesus, parables, and commandments are preached by many and also listened to attentively. Those who preached the words of Jesus were severely punished. Many became martyrs, even today there are people being persecuted and becoming martyrs. The reason behind this is that the words of the teacher, language, and style was such that it left a lifelong impression on the minds and hearts of ordinary people. Jesus taught people by using parables revolving around daily life and the language was easy to understand by everyone. Times have changed today. Christians today have many big issues to talk about. They have proficiency in the language. A large variety of books and magazines are also easily available. But they don’t have time to read the Bible. Even if we get an opportunity to read and teach the Bible, do we look at our style and presentation?? Does your style leave an impression on others??
Luke 8:4-8, Parable of the Sower
4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Jesus sowed the seeds of love in this world which increased manifold. What we should sow in this world is the love of Jesus and the words He left for us. Every farmer must pay close attention to what he sows so that it produces crop. Similarly, Jesus too desires that His words too be sowed with close attention. Today’s man lacks patience. They want instant and immediate results. Failure is something they cannot live with. Disappointed and disheartened they roam aimlessly not knowing what to do. To them Jesus say to pay attention and caution to what they sow.
Those who lack faith in Jesus lack hope. Eg: Many farmers and several students commit suicide. Even those who score well come under this category. There are those with good academic background and a good profession who lose hope over what they lack and commit suicide. In that phase they cannot concentrate on what they can achieve. One should instead learn from the failures and try not to repeat the mistakes. We have seen in many wildlife films that several times the prey escapes its predators. But that does not mean that the predator stops hunting after failed attempts and starve. There is something which we human possess and not the animals, i.e. pride. It is this pride which does not allow us to step down from where we stand.
Jesus displayed love and humility through every action. He washed the feet of His disciples. As for us, we find it shameful to even wash the dishes after dinner. Jesus purposefully gave Himself upon the cross when He surrendered. Through His surrender and sacrifice, the whole mankind received salvation and deliverance. Not one man on earth can say they have not faced failure. Jesus faced truths boldly. He could have made His death impossible or less painful. But what should happen, happened as per the Father’s will.
Let’s look at ourselves: As we sow, so we reap. If we reap good thoughts, we reap good actions. If not have you thought why? If a seed remains a seed, how would you reap a crop? Unless the old is changed, transformation into new is not possible. Jesus concludes, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” If you want to hear the word of God then open your ears and heart to Him. For that grace pray to God with an earnest heart.
Sometimes we do not recognize the words, for e.g. Samuel. Yahweh called out to him thrice but he did not realize who it was. Eli, the priest then told him that it is the voice of Yahweh. But what about today??Who is there to guide you and me?? So let us pray that the Father guides us to Him.
Let us pray: God, my Father, instead of being disappointed over my failures, please give me strength to utilize the last opportunity. Just like the thief on the cross. Let me know your presence and also be witness to your words to others. Open my heart to receive your grace. Give the caution to watch what I sow so that I reap good crop. And if I lose let me not lose hope, give me the strength to keep moving on. AMEN.
Colossians 4:5-6, 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Every journey starts with one step. Let us hold on the Almighty and walk forward.