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How to be a seedy waster....

posted 11 Jul 2011, 02:46 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 11 Jul 2011, 07:08 ]

Earlier in the year as part of our (feeble) effort to be a bit more at one with the planet Sarah and I have had a go at growing a few of our own vegetables. We planted the neatly packeted seeds in a propagator, nurtured the seedlings until they were ready to be planted. Virtually every one has grown into a good strong plant (a miracle in itself with our track record!). This seems like a great metaphor for life; to carefully sow the seed of the Jesus revolution into good prepared compost, keep it safe from the elements and nurture to see good growth - makes sense doesn’t it. In fact Jesus’ parable seems to warn of the dangers of any other approach:

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”

Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Mark 4:3-9

The thing that fascinates me about this tale, apart from the obvious, is the fact that the sower does not sow the seed one by one carefully into a nice safe propagator. He does not even sow within the confines of ploughed field - he just seems to chuck it everywhere. How extravagant, wasteful even - much of the seed will come to nothing!! Utter madness!!

Is this how we should be? Surely we should be careful with this precious gift of the truth that has been trusted to us? But even the wisest of us cannot possibly know where the fertile soil is, God always surprises us! God has provided loads of amazing life changing seed, the seed of a life revelation and he wants us to be extravagant and even wasteful. Most of all he wants us to get out of the potting shed and trust him, maybe if we do we will see that... “It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.”