What kind of field am I?

God is spirit (Jn 4:24), so why do we call him “Father”? Spirits don’t have a gender…

In order to come to a logical answer we have to understand the physical characteristics of a father figure. The man is the one that gives the seed. When a child is born of that seed the child resembles the parents (he/she carries the same seed). So what is God’s seed that we need in order to be called God’s children, to be created in his image and likeness? The answer is in Luke 8:11, which says “The seed is the word of God”.

In order for us to truly be God’s children we have to have his word. We have to be born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Pt 1:23).

So seeds seem to be quiet important. In fact the “Parable of the Sower” is the first parable we should learn about from among the parables. This is made clear when Jesus said, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?” (Mk 4:13).

The “Parable of the Sower” talks about a farmer who goes out to sow seed.  As he scatters the seed it falls in 4 different types of fields. Here is a brief summary of the four fields and what happened to the seed that landed in each one (Mt 13 and Mk 4):

Field 1 = The Path: The seed that was sown was snatched up by the birds. Explanation: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. (Mt 13:19)

Field 2 = Rocky Field: The seed grew in shallow soil and didn’t have roots, so it was scorched by the sun. Explanation: The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. (Mt 13:20-21)

Field 3 = Thorny Field: The seed grows, but so do the thorns, and they end up choking the seed. Explanation: Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful (Mk 4:18-19)

Field 4 = Good Field: The seed fell on good soil, and produced a crop. Explanation: But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. (Mt 13:23)

Understanding God’s word is of key importance. Why? Because the one who does not understand has the word snatched away (Field 1), but the one who hears and understands the word produces a crop (Field 4). If the seed is God’s word (Lk 8:11), and we are God’s field (1 Cor 3:9), then we have to ask the question… What kind of field am I??

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