Devotional for Sunday, March 20, 2016
The Good Seed
For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. – 2 Corinthians 2:15
I am convinced that lay men and women need to recapture a biblical view of their role in the kingdom of God. In Matthew 13, Jesus uses a parable about sowing seed to introduce a tremendous concept concerning the kingdom of God. “The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom” (13:38).
Here Jesus points out the magnitude of the job: “The field is the world”–a world of people who need the message of the gospel. And what is the Lord’s plan for accomplishing this? Planting good seed that will be fruitful and multiply throughout that needy world.
All too often we see the good seed as those among us with unique gifts and abilities that enable them to fulfill the roles of Bible teachers, seminary professors, missionaries, or pastors. Now, it’s a great privilege to pray for full-time Christian workers, support them financially, and encourage them in their work. But that’s not all God has called us to do.
Jesus said, “The good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom.” Christian, that’s not just the people who can sing, preach, and translate the Bible into another language; it’s all of us who know Him. We are the good seed of the kingdom He wants to scatter throughout the world to bring the message of salvation to the lost. Christian, you are important to God, and He has a job for you to do.
Lord, as I live and work among people, help me to reproduce the good seed in the world until we crowd out the tares. Amen.
Jesus desires to fulfill His Great Commission through all of us, not just a select few.