Get Your Throwing Arm Ready!

My dad works with a man named Ray. Ray was converted through the “In Search of the Lord’s Way” television program and as a result he volunteers there often. Ray is a man with a great heart for the Lord. He is always looking for ways that he can talk to others about Christ. Aside from talking to people at ball games and other sporting events he has earned himself a reputation of taking tracts talking about the “plan of salvation” and putting them in Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran and community churches all over his home town in Oklahoma. He knows that for the most part, people will not respond positively to those tracts, but he doesn’t care. He just wants to reach as many people with the truth as he possibly can.

This man is a living, breathing example of the parable of the sower (Matthew 13; Mark 4; Luke 8). In each version of the parable we see several consistent themes:

1) A man sowing

2) Four different kinds of soils

3) The phrase “he who has ears to hear, let him hear”

Oftentimes when we look at the parable of the sower we discuss the different soils. I instead want to turn our attention to the man sowing. Note how this man sowed. He did not hold back, he did not only plant in the good soil. He stuck his hand in his seed bag and tossed the seed everywhere. There was no soil inspection done, there was no worry about whether it would grow or not. There was only planting.

How about you? Our world is in trouble. We have a sin problem and a self problem. Because of that we need a Savior. Everybody needs that Savior. We think that and maybe even say that, but we don’t act like that. Our tendency is not to sow to everyone, everywhere, but to a select few that we’ve deemed worthy of receiving the gospel. We should not be holding this seed back. We should be scattering the seed so often that our spiritual arms grow weak and sore!

What can we do? I’ve recently been trying to shut out the idea that only certain people are worthy of the gospel message. I’m trying to see people as a soul, not just a “someone.” Changing my mindset to think of others as souls has caused me to have some Bible conversations with cashiers at the grocery store, the lady who cuts my hair, and recently the drummer of a band.

I would have never thought that I would talk Bible with people like that, but in the last week I’ve done just that. I do not tell you to this brag, but to show you that it can be done.

A great change could be made in our nation if we would just go out and sow. It’s not our president, congressmen, or judges that will change the nation for the better, it’s us. The greatest change that our nation will see will be a result of us sowing the seed vigorously everywhere we go. So get your throwing arm ready, because we’ve got a lot of work to do.  -Jack Dodgen

Wanna learn more? Visit “Alive with Christ” and learn how you can be a better seed sower!

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