Watch Where You Sow, Watch How You Grow

Tuesday, November 5

11-5By Donna Boyd of Independence, Missouri, USA

And he told them many things in parables, saying: “Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!”

—Matthew 13:3–9

God has entrusted Community of Christ with “sacred seeds” as expressed in the Mission Initiatives. I find some people respond more readily than others. The gospel bears more fruit in some lives than in others.

Until I reread the parable of the sower, I had been casting seeds randomly—in all directions—with little knowledge of the condition of the soil on which they landed. In my eagerness to share the fruits of the Spirit with everyone, I didn’t take the time to follow up. I didn’t find out what became of my work.

We once lived in a desert community where much work went into preparing the ground for the seed, and in keeping the growing crop watered, weeded, and protected. This has helped me realize my responsibility to those with whom I try to share the gospel.

Experienced planters prepare each heart for the seed and nourish it until it bears fruit. Love gives the stony ground depth—a place where roots can thrive. With gentle hands, they pull out the thorns that would otherwise choke the Word. These planters help direct disciples to Invite People to Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Creator God, help us grow in our discipleship of invitation. Help us make the necessary preparation so souls can fully receive the gospel. Help us share Christ’s love and peace.

Spiritual Practice: Deepening Roots

A tree with superficial roots will wither during drought or be uprooted by severe storms. A tree whose roots go deep is stable and draws from deep waters. Imagine yourself as a tree by a river or stream. Sense your roots extending deep into the earth in search of God’s Spirit. Reflect or pray about what you hope to find as your spirit searches for deeper identity in God.

Peace Covenant

Today, God, I will make a plan and prepare the soil to spread the Word.

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