While I was in my sister’s place in Denham Springs, i had the chance to be the faith sharer in their Friday Prayer Fellowship last July 28
. The reading was about the Parable of the Sower.
Here it goes…
Jesus’ explanation of the Parable of the Sower highlights four different responses to the gospel. The seed is “the word of the kingdom.” The hard ground represents someone who is hardened by sin; he hears but does not understand the Word, and Satan quickly removes the message away, keeping the heart dull and preventing the Word from making an impression. The stony ground pictures a man who professes delight with the Word; however, his heart is not changed, and when trouble arises, his so-called faith quickly disappears. The thorny ground depicts one who seems to receive the Word, but whose heart is full of riches, pleasures, and lusts; the things of this world take his time and attention away from the Word, and he ends up having no time for it. The good ground portrays the one who hears, understands, and receives the Word—and then allows the Word to accomplish its result in his life. The man represented by the “good ground” is the only one of the four who is truly saved, because salvation’s proof is fruit (Matthew 3:7-8; 7:15-20).
To summarize the point of the Parable of the Sower: “A man’s reception of God’s Word is determined by the condition of his heart.”
I would like to relate this gospel message to my experience here in the US. I find it very timely because we’re about to conclude our visit/stay here and it’s just proper that I would share what was the experience like. For almost 2 months that I’ve been here.. there were a lot of discoveries, aha! moments, bloopers, experiences that made me feel that there’s still a lot to discover and experience. There were also uncomfortable moments. But I cannot just let these past 2 months pass without making the most of my stay here. I have to prepare my heart, mind – my whole self to be ready with what I’m about to experience here. It’s not that easy because I have my job, family back in Davao, husband, 3 kids. But what can I do? I cannot just wallow and not make the most of my time here. So I decided to travel to the east, northeast, the west. I’ve met with old friends and family. And I have this anthem with me:
Heart don’t fail me now
Courage don’t desert me
Don’t turn back now that we’re here
People always say
Life is full of choices
No one ever mentions fear
Or how the world can seem so vast….
This whole travel experience taught me lessons I wouldn’t learn inside the classroom. It made me humbled in so many ways. It made realize there’s still a lot that I need to learn.
Going back to the gospel, if I didn’t prepare myself to receive this new phase of my life, if I didn’t allow myself to embrace this whole new experience, if I allowed fear to overpower me, If i didn’t allow people to help me and encourage me, if I had closed my mind and heart to every new things around me; i wouldn’t have made the most of my stay here. A great blessing and grace that the Lord has given me through my sister Melissa and her family. With that, I am grateful.
May our faith in the Lord and our lives exemplify the “good soil” in the Parable of the Sower. Amen.