Sowing Seed (Edited Sermon by Pastor Allan)
Pastor Allan was remembering driving down the Highway and noticing Ranchers preparing their soil for next year. They were ripping up the dirt into huge mounds.
Pastor was impressed by the Holy Spirit that was what God wants to do with his heart.
As he viewed the farmer there seemed to be organized chaos orchestrated by the farmer. It was all intentional and looked like a confusing mess - - because it was not complete.
This can be compared to our lives when each of us is at different stages of progress in our walk with the Lord. Allow God to do the great thing he desires in you. You may have the best house, drive a fine car but be a mess in your heart. We get comfortable and God has to do some plowing in us.
Let us consider the parable of the sower from Mark chapter 3.Jesus said, “Listen if you have ears.” Understand the farmer sows the Word, but the way the word is received is important. Some seed fell on the path and birds devoured it. When they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them.
Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and immediately it sprang up, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched, and since it had no root, it withered away. This person began well, but when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.
Let me encourage you NOT to give up on your family and do not be discouraged. If there is no depth it is not your fault. Pray for our children and family that depth will be created in them to receive.
Do you feel like you are getting nowhere as you share with others?
Don’t look at the surface but go deeper. We are in a process as we grow in Christ. Keep sowing the seed and it will take root.
Some of you have the five fold Holy Spirit gifts, but if there is no depth they will not be effective because the soil is shallow.
There is a challenging need to love people where they are.
When you look at me (Pastor Allan) you may see me as dressed poorly, but I am blessed. Don’t pay attention to the outside, because God is looking at the heart.
Our sins took Jesus to the cross and He loves the sinner who needs to grow as much as He loves the mature saint. How do you receive the unlovely?
Pay attention to those we minister to. Don’t push them away if they are not fully developed in Christ. At times you will be fighting the devil face to face, but take authority and walk in it. Pray that the Holy Spirit will dig deep into the soil and prepare it for depth.
Each and every one of us needs more depth. Allow the seed to work in your life.
The third ground where the seed fell was full of thorns which chocked the seed. Now he who receives seed among the thorns is he, who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Do not allow discouragement or fear to overtake you, instead overcome these emotions that upset you.
The fourth soil was good ground where the word was received with gladness and a firm decision was made to receive all that God offered. These began to share and bring forth fruit.
Keep sowing seed regardless of how it looks outside. God wants the church to understand what He is doing. He is preparing for a harvest. We need the presence of the Holy Spirit daily.
There was a time, when the doors of the church were opened; the people were expected to show, no matter what was planned for the meeting.
Posture your heart to receive the seed offered, and pray for our city for depth in the hearts of our citizens.