The farmer sows the word. – Mark 4:14
The human heart is only the soil. Its natural products are thorns and briers. These grow without sowing or cultivation. We do not need to be taught in order to be wicked. But if good things are to grow in our hearts, they must be sown and cultivated. The seeds must be brought from heaven. This is just what has been done.
The words of the Bible are divine seeds. They have amazing power in themselves. Like natural seeds, they grow when planted and produce plants of righteousness. Until the Sower comes, our hearts are like a barren desert, or to put it another way, they are overgrown with weeds and briers like neglected gardens. And yet, if we receive the good seed with faith and love our lives are changed and are made to blossom like a beautiful flower.
There is another thought: that all of us may be sowers of this good seed. We must take heed that we really sow the “word.” There is no other seed that will yield the harvest of spiritual life. The words of God have life in them. “The words that I speak unto you,” said Jesus, “they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63).
If we get these heavenly seeds into people’s hearts, we shall not have to look hard for fruit. It is a holy privilege to be permitted to help the great gardener in the sowing of this precious seed. We can carry the precious seed with us and drop them wherever we go. This we can do by being full of the Word, thus having something to give for every experience. We can sow the seed by the careful distribution of tracts and invitations. We can do it by writing letters or emails to communicate to our friends a truth suited to their partcular need. Then we can live in such a way that our daily influence will be like scattering these heavenly seeds all about us. One day we shall stand before the great Gardener and be able to show the fruit of all our planting.