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In a Hurry

by | Jul 17, 2023 | Grace, Love, Mercy, Trust

“And He [Jesus] told them many things in parables, saying, ‘A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. … When anyone hears the Word of the Kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the Word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the Word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the Word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.’”

(Matthew 13:3-8, 19-23 ESV)

Just look at the sower in this story! He’s really moving fast. He isn’t digging individual holes and putting the seeds in one by one; he isn’t even watching where he throws it! This man is in such a hurry that he throws the precious seed everywhere—even on the path, even into the weeds and rocks. If they had concrete parking lots in those days, you can bet this man would throw the seed there, too.

Why do that? What a waste of the precious seed! But the sower—who is God—doesn’t care. He’s got no time to waste and He wants the entire field—the entire world—to get the seed of the Gospel. And so He throws it everywhere—into prisons and schools and homes, among the rich and the poor, the educated and the not—to every human being. He tosses the story of Jesus across the world in books and movies and conversations, sowing the seed of faith with a generous hand.

This is what God wants every human being to know: That Jesus has given His own life on the cross to rescue us all from the power of evil, and that He has risen from the dead. Now anyone who trusts in Him will receive His overflowing love and mercy. We will become part of the harvest—a forgiven, free, joyful child of God who reflects God’s own love and grace.

And you? It doesn’t matter if you are good soil or poor, thorny or rocky ground, or even a concrete parking lot! God’s power can remake you, too. “For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to Himself” (Acts 2:39).

We Pray: Dear Lord, make me part of Your harvest—and then use me to spread the good Word, too! Amen.

This Daily Devotion was written by Dr. Kari Vo.
Originally published in The Lutheran Hour on July 13, 2023
Used by permission from International Lutheran Laymen’s League, all rights

Reflection Questions:
1. How do you usually plant seed—broadcast far and wide, or one by one? Why?
2. What does God’s hurry say about the value He places on human lives?
3. What does it say about how He values you?