DON’T LET SATAN ROB YOU OF SEED GOD HAS SOWN IN YOU
PART 1 OF THE SOWER AND THE SEED
“Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.” Luke 8:12 (New American Standard Bible)
The Lord continually sows seed into the hearts of people.
But the kind of harvest depends on what kind of soil the seed falls on. And what kind of care the soil receives.
The parable of the sower and the seed has been used as a sermon topic countless times. We have heard it over and over. Are we like the people of Jesus’ day? People who didn’t understand what He was talking about? He used language and figurative speech that the people should be familiar with. He spoke about the land, about everyday topics. Simple stories. So what was the problem? Why couldn’t they understand? Even the disciples didn’t understand, and Jesus had to explain the parables in private to those who lived and walked with Him, who followed Him closely day after day.
Jesus explained that the seed is the Word of God (see verse 11). When we share the Word with others, the Lord uses us to sow seed. But are the hearts we hope to reach good soil or bad? Only God knows that. This is why we need to sow everywhere.
In this part of the parable the seed is sown by the wayside, not in a field. These are people who hear the Word. They show interest. They stop to listen. But then Satan comes along like a flock of hungry birds and eats up the seed before it even has time to begin rooting. Jesus said the seed was trampled under foot (see verse 5). There was no one to watch out for the seed, to care for it, to guard it. These hearts were abused, trampled on.
The sad result is that these people will not believe and be saved. Jesus did not say that they couldn’t believe. He said they wouldn’t. I’m sure we all know people who have shown some interest in church, in the Bible, in our testimony, at some time in their lives. We have had hopes for their salvation. But something happens and they turn away, even against, anything remotely connected with the Lord. They have been hurt. They feel violated. They take offense. And they blame the church. Their hearts are empty.
Is there any hope for these people? I believe there is. We should never stop praying for people just because they refuse to believe. The best way to win the lost is to develop a relationship with them. Don’t preach to them when they are not ready to hear. Just love them. Be a friend. Let them know you care about them whether or not they believe. Let Jesus live His life through you and love them through you. Be there when they need you. And keep praying until they are willing to listen and believe. Then they can be saved.
So take courage. Remember, Jesus loves them more than we do and He desires them to be saved more than we do. Keep sowing the seed wherever you go. You never know where the harvest will grow up.
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