As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, we take time to likewise evaluate our lives today — knowing that we have been born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:3-4), have we been CHRIST-like in our lifestyle here and now . . . Or do we still continue to wave the palm, having our own agenda as we follow Jesus?
“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. His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand. This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8
The parable of the Sower may be about salvation but more than that it is about Spiritual maturity, it is about DISCIPLESHIP.
Discipleship is not only about bringing people to Jesus Christ so that they may believe, but more than that it is a process of building them up in faith to grow towards Christ-likeness for the purpose of spiritual multiplication and all these resulting in the glory of God.
When we were born again in Christ, all of us now posses the DNA of Christ-likeness, we only need to nourish this and allow this to flourish through intentional discipleship. The Great Commission tells us that we should “teach people to obey” this obedience will result in maturity in the faith.
In the parable, Jesus discussed 4 kinds of soil: hard, rocky, thorny and good. This also points to the condition of hearts when the Gospel is first heard and then again it also points to the condition of our hearts as we allow the Word of God and the Spirit of God to work in our lives.
In the first kind of soil, the hard soil—the Word of God is heard but then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart. The second was rocky soil, these people have hearts that when they first hear the Word of God they become excited but the Word of God does not take root, so they believe for awhile and then fall to temptation. The third was thorny soil. They receive God’s word with joy but become choked by worries, riches and pleasures of life and are unable to bear fruit in spiritual maturity. But the fourth kind, was good soil — these are the ones who have heard the Word of God, held on to it and they begin to bear fruit.
After we believe in Jesus Christ, we should not allow ourselves to stop there. We have to push forward — check our hearts: are we hardened? Are we rocky? Are we surrounded by thorns? Or are our hearts ready for God’s transforming power?
Jesus Christ Himself modeled discipleship, as He intentionally became involved with the lives of His disciples, He did not only teach them God’s Word, but He also walked with them as He began to transform their lives into the men that God had intended them to be.