Sewing Good Seeds in Good Soil

Word Wednesday Nugget

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Dr. Rebekah McCloud

During the past holiday season, I purchased two poinsettias. My brother planted them in my yard. Recently, I noticed that one is still bright red and robust; the other is brown and wilted. The condition of the two made me think of the Parable of the Sower found in Mark 4: 1-20 which describes four kinds of soil and four kinds of people.

Mark 4:4 talks about the farmer, “scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.” Verse 15 talks about the people, “Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.” Are we like the people along the path? Is the word of God fleeting in our lives? How can we utilize the word of God to be “thoroughly equipped for every good work,” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17)? How can we learn to hide the word in our hearts (Psalm 119: 10-13)? How can we become doers of the word (James 1: 22-25)?

Mark 4:5-6 talks about the seed falling on “rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.” Verses 16-17 talk about the people, “Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy.  But since they have no roots, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.” Are we like the seed sown on the rocky places? Is the word like life, a “vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away,” (James 4:14)? How can we learn to hold fast to the word of God (Luke 8:15 and 2 Timothy 1:13)?

Mark 4:7 talks about the seed falling “among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.” Verses 18-19 talk about the people, “Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.” Are we like the seed that fell among the thorns? Are we able to withstand all that arises to choke us? How can we strengthen our feeble arms and weak knees (Hebrews 12:12)? How can we stand on the word of God, an incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1:23)?

Mark 4:8 talks about the seed falling “on good soil. It came up, grew, and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” Verse 20 talks about the people, “Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” Are we like the seed that fell on good soil? Are we able to allow the word of God to thrive within us? How can we walk in the law of the Lord (Psalm 119:1)? How can we do the good works God has prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)?

In life, we may find ourselves on the path, in rocky places, in thorns, or good soil. No matter where we find ourselves, Jesus Christ, the son of the living God, will be with us. Our faith is bigger than the opposition around us. God is in our midst; trust him. He will save us, rejoice over us, love us, and exult over us (Zephaniah 3:17). Let us sew good seeds in good soil. “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him,” (Jeremiah 17:7

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Dr. Rebekah McCloud

More than 40 years of service in education (K-12 and higher education). Authored more than 100 publications , made more than 200 presentations, designed workshops, and facilitated training.  

Rebekah McCloud is a retired faculty administrator who last served as the Executive Director of TRIO Programs at the University of Central Florida. She has one video in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1999 Forum.

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