Colossians 2:7 “Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.”
Jesus tells a story in Matthew about a farmer who sowed some seeds. Some seeds fell by the wayside among thorns, some among rocks with little soil, while some fell on good ground with good soil. Jesus was using this illustration as an example of a Christian and their walk with God and we as Christians in our witnessing to new believers. As I studied this more, I found a new way to look at the seeds and a new metaphor on how we as Christians live our lives.
We all have a choice on how we choose to live, and the Bible has given us some examples through some of the Kings and how they fit the seeds story.
Let's start with the seed on the wayside and thorns. The seed will eventually die because it has nowhere to take root. This seed will wash away and disappear with the sun and rain or be choked out. Like the seed among thorns, there are people who will never live for the Lord, they will find no reason to make roots in Jesus. King Ahaz is a perfect example, he never did anything right or try to follow Jesus. 2 Chronicles 28:1, 22, “When trouble came to King Ahaz, he became even more unfaithful to the Lord.”
Next, we have the seeds among rocks with little soil. They grow quickly but soon die because there is no deep roots and the sun will kill them. I transferred a tomato plant like that this year. Although it was in the soil, the roots were still small and the heat of the 90-degree day quickly killed it.
Like those seeds there are people who start living for the Lord but as time goes by, maybe some trials, not enough fellowship, not rooted in prayer or Bible study. These people eventually turn away from God. King Uzziah was one of those people. 2 Chronicles 26:4, 16, “Uzziah obeyed God while Zechariah was alive, because he taught Uzziah how to respect and obey God. And as long as Uzziah obeyed the Lord, God gave him success. But when Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his ruin. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God; he went into the Temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar for incense.”
Although not one of the seeds metaphors, I would like to add one more. Let's use my garden as an example. Remember that tomato plant? Well, that wasn't a successful transfer, but I had another transfer. My zucchini bucket of seeds was flourishing, good roots and many plants. Too many plants that they were overcrowding each other. I pulled up three of the bunches, roots and all and transferred them to the same ground as the small tomato plant. I watched it, over the next several days to see if they would die. But they just dug in and now today are flourishing in produce.
There are Christians who don't start out living for the Lord but later on in life find God and choose to live for Him. Then they begin to flourish. King Manasseh was a very corrupt King in Judah but by the end of his life he had found God and followed him and flourished 2 Chronicles 33:12-13.
This brings us to our last seed. The seed on good ground. The seed that took root and grew and produced an abundance of good crops. These are Christians who have lived for Jesus their whole lives and remain faithful. The more they pray and study scripture the deeper their roots go in Jesus and they will flourish. King Asa is the perfect example. 2 Chronicles 15:17 tells us, “Asa’s heart was fully committed to the Lord all his life.”
Four examples of a Christian's walk, in life. Like with the sowers seeds we can help new believers find roots in Jesus, we can also strive to be the seed on good ground and remain rooted in Jesus. No matter if you're a new Christian or have been one your entire life, God can be seen in all of this. 2 Chronicles 26:5, “As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God gave him success.”
No matter where we've come from, our past mistakes, as long as we turn to Jesus and seek Him, He will forgive us and bless us. The Lord wants us to remember, it's never too late to turn to Him. Let Jesus be your Sower today and allow your seed to fall on good ground, taking root in Him. For Jesus is our Vine and when rooted in Him, no storms can uproot or wither us away.
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