Another Parable of Another Sower

He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

There was once a sower who went to a foreign land among strangers to sow. Some seeds fell by the wayside and birds came along and ate them. Some seeds fell among stones on hard ground and sprang up quickly, but when the sun came up they withered and died. Some seeds fell among thorns and got choked. But some fell upon good ground and brought forth abundantly.

After a couple of seasons the sower returned home. Since sowing was not very lucrative the sower needed to find another way to make bread. Making bread took so much time that he didn’t sow. In time he made enough bread that he got his own land with good soil. But still he sowed not.

He began to desire to sow again, and prepared his soil. He did much preparing, but he sowed not.

His friends encouraged him to sow, and his ground was good but he sowed not.

He spoke of sowing but he sowed not.

Eventually his children grew up and moved away. He had earned enough bread that he had sufficient for the rest of his life. Still he sowed not.

Then, he went to a foreign land among strangers again for to sow. Some seeds fell by the wayside, some among stones, some among thorns, and some upon good ground. After a season he returned home.

In time the sower died. His land was good, and his children sold it, and divided the money amongst themselves to pay for piano lessons and braces.

He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

6 Responses to “Another Parable of Another Sower”

  1. 1 Matt W. January 23, 2007 at 2:49 pm

    He didn’t even Sow with his children? Guess I don’t have ears.

    For every time, there is a season.

    A time to preach the Gospel to neighbors, a time to teach it to your own kids.

  2. 3 Son of a preacher man January 23, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    A time to preach the Gospel to neighbors, a time to teach it to your own kids.

    These are not mutually exclusive activities. Quite the opposite in fact. What better way to teach the gospel to your children than to preach it to others?

  3. 5 Michelle January 24, 2007 at 5:49 pm

    I like this. To me, it’s a story about priorities. If the legacy we leave is only about braces and piano lessons, we’ve missed the boat. 🙂

    I do like the point above about our children being important converts first and ones we nurture in the good word of God. I also like the idea of involving them in missionary efforts…making it a family affair to have a gospel-sharing home.

  4. 6 Eric Nielson January 24, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    I’m glad you liked it. A little goofy, but hopefully some things to think about.

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