Don't Skimp on the Seed

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

A sower went out to sow. (v. 3)

The sower goes forth sowing, scattering gospel seed
on the just and the unjust, the
high and the low, the promising and the unpromising,
never knowing where and when the seed
might find fertile ground. Seeds sometimes grow in
unexpected places. A crooked tax
collector, so ashamed of himself that he dared not even
lift his eyes to heaven, he was
good soil. A prostitute who washed Jesus’ feet with her
tears, she was good soil. You
never know where you’re going to find good soil.

The Parable of the Sower is first and foremost about
soil, and the question it asks is:
What kind of soil are you? But sometimes we’re also
sowers. At least I hope so. With our
words and our witness we scatter God’s seed, hoping for
a harvest. As sowers, we shouldn’t
pre-judge the soil. The sower broadcasts the seed,
flinging it everywhere. He doesn’t
assume that some ground isn’t worth a pinch of seed. The
seed is plentiful, so why skimp?

Often we pre-judge people. We decide in advance who
is worth our witness and who isn’t. Who will likely
respond to the gospel and who won’t. Paul wasn’t a
promising candidate for conversion. Were you? Some human
soil may look unpromising, but the sower goes on sowing
and the results can be amazing. Shepherds stopped to
listen. Fishermen dropped their nets. Zacchaeus climbed
a tree. You just never know where you’re going to find
good soil.


Help me, Father, to be good soil, and a good sower. Amen.