One of Jesus most famous parables (Luke 8:5-16):
“A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As Jesus said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!” Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant.
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
I think one of our biggest problems today is that we live among thorns. Sometimes, I look at my own life and find 70% of my life is taken up by cares (work, kids, bills, soccer games, blood tests, and why my neighbor gave me a dirty look… to name a few). Another 20% is taken up by pleasure (how to finance our next Disney vacation, where’s the nearest Applebees, is there good beer in the fridge). Then, there’s riches… well, I’m a pastor, so… long ago I gave up any real hope of becoming rich… but it still accounts for 3% sometimes.
97% choke… 3% seeds for good and Godly growth. If I was a betting man… well… it’s not looking good for the seeds.
Each of us has to make these choices every day. Sometimes we choose well, sometimes we choose poorly. But, rest assured God is still spreading seeds in our lives and calling us to throw up as much good soil as we can.
Good things can still grow… even here… even now.