The more I read the parables the deeper understanding I gain of what Jesus wants us to do in our own lives and in that of our children. When I first studied the parable of the sower, I thought it had only to do with the non-believers vs believers as Jesus himself highlighted it in His explanation.
But what about a different viewpoint and interpretation, how can I make it even more applicable to myself and my family?
I think I as a believer, I don’t work hard enough in my own live to prepare it for more blessings from God. I must also have a look at my children and how I coach them to have a spiritual live. How do I prepare them for their spiritual lives? I want to share some of my ideas with you and will do it over a few weeks, so that it is a bit more spaced out and not too much at one go. 🙂
Mat13:3b – 8 the parable of the sower.
Come with me on a journey to your own heart, and look at the field representing your own heart. How does your field look like? Have you prepared your field in order to grow to your full spiritual potential? I looked critically at the field of my heart, and I did see a field. I (as the farm worker) tried to my best to ensure the field is good soil where other people can sow into. I would like to say I only saw the good soil, but with a deeper investigation, I saw there was hard, shallow and thorny places in between the good soil that I had to work on. It is not easy and sometimes painful, but worth if I look at the possibilities of the harvest at the end of the day. I am not happy with 30fold if I can get a hundredfold, not that I am greedy, but I know the benefit of freedom when I truly believe and grow in all the different areas of my life.
Will you be happy with 30 fold if you can get 100 fold?
I also contemplated the field I am preparing for my children. I need to help them to prepare their fields for all the sowing that is happening (and of course make sure only good seed is sown – more on this later). We as parents have such a great influence in their lives. Sometimes we are the cause for hard roads; Sometimes we cannot protect other people running over their fields with a tractor causing it to harden. I believe our children is born with only good soil…. And then life happens. Let us start working, “gardening” as Hettie Brittz calls it, in our children’s fields to ensure they can one day be hundredfold harvest people.
Each of us has a different mix and percentage of each type of soil in us. If we don’t accept it and think we only have good soil, then we are perfect and don’t need God in our lives any more. Some of us has already seen some harvest showing, but there is still a few hard roads, a few rocky places and the odd thorny bush here and there. Put on your gloves and walk this preparation journey with me as I also commit to practice what I preach and hopefully make it very practical and see the benefits playing out in my life and the life of my children…..