There are important principles to remember when sewing the seeds of the gospel. In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), Jesus explains that there are different types of soil (the path, rocky ground, shallow soil, places with plenty of thorns, and good soil). Each has their own ability to receive the seed, germinate and grow into maturity.
How should we respond to these conditions? Several things are evident in the passage. The sower did not take time to analyze the soil before sowing the seed. He simply broadcast the seed and let it fall where it would. We who preach the gospel do not know the hearts of those we preach to. They are known only to God. What we can observe is the response to the Word spoken.
Paul presented the gospel to his fellow Jews hoping they would respond. His attitude toward them is clear in Romans 9:1-3; “I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh.” And then; “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved” (10:1).
When we preach the gospel, do we have that deep yearning for the lost? If we do, where the seed falls does not matter because we have God’s heart in us, “who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4).
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