340 Working Together for the Harvest

“The farmer sows the Word” (Mark 4:14).

It seems to me, Lord, that the sower of the Word has more to do than distribute the seed. Surely the ground must be prepared and then the seed sown must be protected. You speak of Satan coming and taking away the seed. Now I realise the ground along the path is hard and unreceptive, but there is great power in a seed and, if undisturbed, it will take root in the most unlikely places. Hard ground will surely soften if it receives enough rain. Doesn’t that mean that prayer can bring the Holy Spirit to make a way for the seed, even as prayer and loving teaching can protect it from the adversary who comes to kill and destroy (John 10:10)?

Then the rocky places where the young plant doesn’t find enough soil to continue to grow. You who can make stones into bread (Luke 4:3) can certainly make stones into good soil.

The cares and distractions of life may overwhelm a young believer standing alone, but by walking forward with mature believers, they can learn to draw on Your strength and work through the problem areas of their lives.

The sower cannot do everything. This is why different gifts are given to the members of My body, the church (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). Some are evangelists and they go on scattering seed wherever I lead them. They do not stop to cultivate the crop. Others are pastors and teachers who keep pouring my truths on the growing plant. Others are gifted to intercede, to prepare the ground, to strengthen and protect the plant from the evil one. And so it goes on. All My children have been gifted by the Holy Spirit and as they combine those gifts, the seed will become a full grown plant with the ability to reproduce itself (Mark 4:28). So as much as you are able, keep the unity of the body so that this process is not hindered (Ephesians 4:3), and faithfully use the gifts you have been given under the direction of My Spirit.

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