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Jesus taught in many parables.  One parable that stands out as one of my favorites is the parable of the sower.  Here are what I feel are the most profound words of this parable; “Listen!  A sower went out to sow his seed.” (Mark 4:3, NIV).

 Powerful words, eh?

Actually, what I am seeing in this is quite significant.  This parable is broken down and sermonized constantly with the focus on the different kinds of soils, the results of the seeds having been planted in these various places, and how it is important for us to be close enough to Christ to understand even difficult sayings in order to live a life more pleasing to Him.  But none of this is what I choose to focus on at this time.

To me, the most important aspect of this parable is that the sower sowed. 

When I first became a Pastor, nearly 8 years ago at this writing, I had a tremendous struggle with invitations at the end of the services.  People weren’t responding the way that I thought that they should.  I grew quite frustrated because I had poured my heart out into those messages with much preparation and a focus on good delivery.  I was always greeted at the door with positive comments, but there was still no “altar” response.

Back in my home church, this was not usually the case.  Although that church has undergone some major changes, there used to be many a Sunday invitation that several would go forward, if for no other reason, to pray at the altar.  I thought this was the way it was supposed to be.  But my thoughts were that someone didn’t get the memo and didn’t come to the altar for my invitations.

Thankfully, God didn’t let me suffer too long over this one.  In times of intense prayer and frustration, he reminded me of His calling on my life – proclaim.  Nowhere in my calling did God tell me that I was responsible for what the people did with it.  Talk about a major relief!  “Dave, just do what I have told you and I’ll take care of the rest.  You are not responsible for the results.”  These were the words of God himself to me.

With my newfound understanding, everything about the ministry God called me into became much clearer.  I have a specific purpose.

So do you.  You will never find comfort in the “service” area of your faith until you know your purpose specifically.  I believe that God calls all Christians into His service, beyond becoming a disciple.  Each one has a function, and all are important.

The sower sowed.  Why?  Because that is what the Lord instructed him to do.  You will do well to continue drawing closer to God because His will for your life does become clearer as you walk closer to His side.  If your calling is to preach, preach.  If it is to teach, teach.  If it is to pray, become a prayer warrior.

 Whatever your purpose is within God’s kingdom work, fulfill your calling and do that very work.  The sower sowed.  So sow!

Posted September 11, 2008 by David N. Peppler, Sr. in Christian Lifestyle, Service, Witnessing

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