Seed Sowers, Not Soil Testers
This Sunday and next we think about how we respond to the events of Holy Week and Easter. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection leave lasting effects in our lives.
Jesus’ crucifixion for our sins enables us to have forgiveness and establishes us in a new and proper relationship with God. Christ’s resurrection means that we live as new creations, and the Holy Spirit helps shape us more and more into the people God is calling us to be.
After Jesus’ resurrection, as he prepared to ascend to his Father in heaven, he leaves his disciples with this charge: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). We call this the Great Commission, and it is characterized by both word and action. First, we are to “go,” and then we are to “baptize” and “teach.” Additionally, the passages we will examine these two weeks capture the dual nature of our response to what God has done in our lives. We are responsible to share the good news, and we will use the parable of the sower in Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 to think about our role as seed sowers, and not soil testers. The following week we’ll turn to a familiar
passage, the Good Samaritan as found in Luke 10:30-37, to see how it is our actions reveal the sincerity of our beliefs.