Reading further in Mark 4 reveals the motive of Jesus in telling the parable of the sower.
Mark 4:21 ¶ Also He said to them, "Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lamp stand?
Hidden lights cannot light up the darkness. We are meant to light up darkness with the light of the truth!
Only light can push back darkness, darkness just blends in with darkness. But light and darkness are opposites and the distinction is clear.
The Gospel is our light and He delights in seeing it given out. In other words do not hide your light! Share the Gospel!
Sow your seed. Seed that remains in the bag has no chance of producing anything. My wife had been given a huge bag of flower seeds from our friends in Faith NC. They were on the shelf for quite a long time until one day she asked me to till two patches in the yard and she scattered them. Most fell in the area tilled but others fell outside of it. There was a multitude of beautiful flowers to enjoy within the tilled area! But not outside it. The amazing thing is that until the seeds came out of the bag, there were no flowers at all!
We should delight in the Gospel and celebrate that we have it.
The seed of the Gospel is to be sown on every type of ground without worry that it might be wasted. We can be lavish with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and we can know it is what delights the Father.
Be encouraged to share as often as you can the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ knowing, in simply sharing it you are pleasing the Father!
About The Author
- Tim Atchley
- Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
- I currently serve as Senior Pastor of Harvest Church in Knoxville, Tn. I was sent out from Trinity Chapel of Knoxville in 1993 accompanied by my wife Sheila our four children Sarah, Hannah, Josiah & Isaac and a handful of bold, brave and committed believers determined to plant our first church. Pioneering is hard work but well worth the journey. That is why we desire to make disciples of Christ who will, like us, also embrace the call to plant churches.