He told them many things in parables, saying “Listen! A sower went out to sow.”
Jesus is surrounded by many people, so He goes on to a boat to preach. He tells the crowds the story of a sower who sows seed onto four different types of soil- a path, rocky soil, weedy soil and good soil. These different soils produce different yields.
He then explains to His disciples that the seed represents the word, while the soils represent the hearts of men. While many obstacles might prevent people from taking hold of the gospel, the ones who do run with it yield a huge return for God’s kingdom.
Jesus tells us to Listen! He is still telling us to listen.
There are many people wanting us to listen- musicians, entertainers, advertisers, politicians, activists.
There is much talking past each other, but precious little listening.
To listen means that we value someone, that they are worth the time and that their words and thoughts are important to us.
This morning I spent two hours listening to an inter-state truck driver. He loves the Lord but struggles with anxiety from time to time. This morning he needed to be listened to and encouraged in his dreams and visions for the future.
We also need to listen to Jesus. He is talking to us all the time- directing, encouraging, building up. We need to hear His voice in our daily life.
It is hard to remember to listen to Jesus because He doesn’t always get in our face and shout “Listen to me!” We hear Him in the Scriptures, in the words of others and in the quiet voice in our heart.
Jesus says “Listen!”
Lord help me to be still and listen. Speak to me so that I can lean my life on your wisdom. Amen.