Message # 675
Then He spoke many things to them
in parables, saying: “Behold, a
sower went out to sow.”
Most of the time we measure
success by results. If the sports
team scores higher than their
opponents, we call them winners.
If the salesman secures new clients,
his company offers him a bonus.
In the parable of the sower, we
realize that if we judge strictly
by mathematical results, the sower
could not possibly be deemed a
success, since only a fourth of
the seed he sows bears fruit in
We must remember, however, that it
is God who makes the seeds grow.
We only work on His behalf. While
God has chosen to partner with His
people to spread His Word, He is
the one who produces results.
Therefore, when we seemingly win
or influence only a small proportion
of those with whom we share our faith,
we needn’t be discouraged. We’ve
done what God has commanded us to
do and can do no more.
The apostle Paul reminds us that God
only wants us to be faithful and
leave the results to Him.
When it comes to sharing our faith,
effort really does count.
With God, saying and doing are not
two things as they are with men.
God will do what He has said.