Monday, February 16, 2015

Being a Dandelion for Jesus

I read the Parable of the Sower this morning in Matthew 13:3-9. Jesus explains the meaning a little later in the chapter, verses 18-23. In it, a man scatters seed to grow a crop of grain. Seeds fall in various places, many where they don't grow well. Some of the seed, however, falls into good soil and a crop of grain is grown. The seeds that fall on good soil and grow into mature plants represent those who hear and understand the Gospel.

As a Christian, I place myself in this group. But if that's true, then verse 23 holds a huge challenge for me: "As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty." (ESV)

Do you see the challenge?

When a plant grows up, it produces fruit--and a lot of it! The smallest example Jesus gives is a plant that produces thirty times the fruit. I don't have a lot of experience with grain, so to me, this illustration makes me think of all the dandelions that pop up in my yard and become little balls of seeds, which each have the power of growing into another dandelion.

Am I like that? So loaded with Christ that the slightest bump, breeze, or jostle will send the message of him out into the world where it'll make a difference?

Since we're supposed to be like plants and plants produce more plants, one kind of fruit a believer should produce is more believers.

Will all of us see thirty, sixty, or one hundred people come to Christ because of our testimony? Maybe not, and I'm not saying to start tallying. The Great Commission is also about teaching believers (see Matthew 28:18-20). Even in cases where we're witnessing to non-believers, we don't know if we're planting or watering a seed that God will grow in the future (check out 1 Corinthians 3:5-8).

And there are other kinds of fruit that should mark the lives of believers. Galatians 5:22-23 says, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. (ESV)

Let's be faithful. Let's ask Christ to help us grow. Let's bear fruit. Let's be big ol' dandelions.

Your Sister

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