Mark 4:1-20; 2 Samuel 9-10; Daniel 5
We’ve all seen a picture like this: the wrapper says “8 Hot Dog Buns” but it’s obvious that the wrapper contains hamburger buns. The caption of the picture will usually say something like “You had one job.” We have a good laugh over someone’s incompetence – but whose was it? Was it the person packaging the wrappers from the printer? Was it the person loading the wrappers into the machine? Was it the person who put the settings into the machine to tell it what kind of buns to load? Fingers can point in a lot of directions. Jesus explained a parable that reminds us of our responsibilities. He begins with these famous words: “The farmer scatters the word.” (Mark 4:14) So often we get into all kinds of discussion about the soils, but in truth, we really can’t do much about the soil – except analyze it. If Jesus were telling this parable today, He might preface it by saying, “You have one job – scatter the word.” More and more today I see people who have never heard of Jesus; people who not only don’t know the name, but don’t know the message of salvation that God offers to all who call on His name. As I read this parable I am convicted. I see Jesus looking at me and reminding me, “You have one job. Spread the word.”
Lord, as I think of all those who have never heard of You, have never heard of Your love and forgiveness, I am reminded that You have called me to be the person who shares Your good news with them. Give me the courage and strength to do that.