Sermon: You Are the Glue
Scripture: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
This Sunday for our sermon series, Trending, we are focusing on Jesus’ most famous parable, the parable of the sower. Many scholars believe that this parable is something that Jesus actually said, which is not true of all of Jesus’ parables in the New Testament. In a lot of Jesus’ parables, we are never told exactly what the parable means. But in this parable, Jesus tells us exactly what it means so there’s not a lot of guess work involved about what the correct interpretation is supposed to be.
Jesus tells us that some people’s hearts are hard like the path, so Jesus’ message does not penetrate. The words of the message mean nothing to them because they are not in the right place to allow the words to make a difference. Some people’s hearts are like the rocky soil. They hear Jesus’ message and it sticks for a time, but if they endure any difficulty or harassment as a result of Jesus’ message, they abandon it.
But then some people’s hearts are entangled in thorns. The soil in which Jesus’ message is planted is good, but life gets in the way. They have too much to do to really pay attention to living out Jesus’ message. They’re too focused on making a living and providing for their family. Then, finally, there are the people who hear Jesus’ message and it becomes everything to them. They completely invest their lives in bringing Jesus’ message to fruition in the world.
I think most people assume that the purpose of this parable is to force us to reflect on which of the four examples defines our own faith journey. We are supposed to ask ourselves “What do I need to do to move myself towards the last example where I am bearing much fruit?” The problem with this approach is that we often neglect to consider the most critical component of this parable: the seed itself. We are going to spend our time on Sunday talking about what the seed means in the parable and how it impacts our faith journey in the world. I look forward to seeing you on Sunday. Have a great weekend!