I admit, I don’t know a whole lot about farming, but after reading Matthew 13 this morning I had to go do some research. I wasn’t sure what kind of multiplication was involved with seed. I found that if you plant one carrot seed, you get one carrot. I found that you can get 5-10 potatoes from a single potato plant. You plant a tomato seed and get a tomato plant you can get a whole lot of tomatoes.
After Jesus explains the parable in Matthew 13, he ends with:
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown.
This is where I began thinking about leadership and those christian leaders who have left their mark on the world. It may be easy to look at your life and see how you are not producing very much fruit. Heck, your plant may have long since dried up and dust is the remainder of a faith short lived. Then we look at Christian leaders who are representative of Matthew 13:23. They hear the Word, they understand the Word, and that understanding results in practicing the Word.
All to often we want the crop without the toil. Here are some examples:
- You want the promotion but haven’t put in the time.
- You want honor but have not proven honorable.
- You want knowledge but refuse education.
- You want the success of a CEO but put in the effort of a part-timer.
- You want a Godly family but do not take them to church, challenge them in their quiet time, pray with them, or model a Godly lifestyle.
YOU DEMAND what you refuse to EARN.
Spiritual growth is no different. If we expect to flourish spiritually, lead spiritually, model spiritually, and experience the success only God can provide, we must be willing to hear the Word, understand the Word, and practice the Word. That’s our part in the equation. God’s part is much cooler.
This is the one who produces crop, yielding a hundred, sixty, or thirty times what was sown. – Matthew 13:23
WE CAN NEVER MANUFACTURE THE RESULTS THAT GOD FREELY GIVES TO THOSE WHO ARE OBEDIENT.
You want to be the guy on the platform preaching to 100,000 people? Be the guy that gets up early to spend time in prayer and the reading of His Word. You want to be the woman that empowers other women to reclaim their identity and worth? Be the woman that gets up early to spend time in prayer and the reading of His Word.
DON’T EXPECT THE RESULTS OF THE FAITHFUL WITH THE OBEDIENCE OF THE SLUGGARD.