Today’s piece is titled “The Sower Soweth the Word” and the artist is unknown.
I bought this print on cloth back when I was a single guy in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s ... and I am so glad that I did, because I have not seen anything else like it since. It must have been fairly cheap because I didn’t have much money back in those days. But, over the years it has earned its place on my walls ... and in my heart.
This, of course, is a rather straightforward illustration of Jesus’ parable of the farmer. The passage from Mark, (Mark 4:1-20) is not just the parable, but also an explanation of why Jesus teaches using parables, and Jesus’ own explanation of his parable of the farmer.
Jesus is challenging us – what kind of soil are we?
Am I a hard-packed road impenetrable to the seed of his Word?
Am I rocky ground with a shallow faith that gives up at the first sign of trouble?
Am I thorny ground surrounded and choked by the cares of the world?
Or am I good soil ready to receive the blessings of God’s Word?
Today’s piece is an open book – read it from left to right and ask yourself, “Where am I on the spectrum today?”
This is a good time to loosen up and clear out the weeds and thorns.
Be Blessed, Brother Mike