In Matthew 13, verses 3 through 9, Jesus tells the parable of the farmer planting seeds. He tells us, “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them. Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died. Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
This parable gives us a comparison about the depth of our faith in Christ. As Jesus gives us each example, we can look at our own commitment to Christ and see where we fall in the examples. When Christ talks about the crop that is produced, it seems to me that he means the seeds are his message, and the soil he refers to represents the followers of Christ who are willing to testify to his gift of Salvation to humanity, and to bring other followers to him.
Christ urges us to live as representatives of his love because the depth of his love is inconceivable yet omnipresent. He wants us to carry this love through our beings to other people so that we can draw others to the gift of Salvation through repentance and forgiveness of sin, and to living a life of obedience to his spiritual principles. If we are willing to do this out of our love for him, which is small in comparison to the all-embracing love, compassion, and mercy he feels for us, we can be the fertile soil which grows a crop that is a hundred times as large as what was first planted.
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