Well here’s a practical example. I’ve been making a 3d printer out of Legos at my local Starbucks, then using people’s curiosity to generate interest in my novel. Thus, they get the gospel in a way they’d never expected. From Legos, to a sci-fi book, to Jesus. It’s working, however it’s comical that i’ve encountered the three problems Jesus warned us about.
In this four part series, we’ll examine Jesus' Explanation of the Parable of the Sower, through an extended example of my unusual tactic. This post is a review of the parable and Jesus’ explanation of the story.
The farmer in the parable of the seed and the sower starts by doing his job, which is to go out and throw seeds. The goal is to reap a harvest a hundred times from what he sowed. The difficulty is that he’s aiming everywhere. With evangelism, you have to send your message to everyone. Your job is to take the seed that was planted in you, and as it grows, send out out seeds to others.
Keep in mind, evangelism is not discipleship. Evangelism is informing people they need to follow Christ, discipleship is showing them how to follow Christ.
In the parable, the farmer is not concerned about the growth of the seeds, he simply casts them as abundantly as he can. At this point, the farmer is not harvesting, he is simply sowing the seeds. Remember, in another parable, the Lord talks about how one sows, and another harvests.
In this parable, we see that the farmer tosses seeds out anywhere he can, hoping that some of them will land on good soil. This might not be the best strategy, as he’s wasting seeds, but, it is the easiest way for an agricultural society to understand evangelism. It’s just how the symbolism breaks down.
That said, a few of the seeds fall on the intended area. The people who receive the message allow it to grow, then go out and bear fruit.
If you’re evangelizing and discipling, you’re the one bearing fruit. Good.
Now let’s talk about the ones who didn’t hear it, and might need a second seed thrown at them.
The examples that Christ gave are: falling on a hard path where the birds come and eat them, on rocky soil where they grow and die, or among weeds, that choke them out.
The birds represent the evil one, who's lies destroy the message. This is a case where a correcting a lie is critical, scaring away the birds is possible. A healthy dose of facts, applicable metaphors, and correct, loving kindness is a decent antidote.
The rocky soil represents the person who hears the message, but fear causes them to back away. It’s ironic how their love of life causes them to lose it, as the plants wither and die because they had no roots. A solution would be rooting out the rocks before hand. In our culture, this problem occasionally takes the form of fear. Overcoming those fears with logical analysis is a good example.
In the final metaphor the weeds are the wealth and worries of the world. In America, this often takes the form of impatience. We have so much we need to do we never take the time to listen to God or to tell others about him.
The next three parts of this series will cover this in detail, using my experiences with 3D Printing at a Starbucks as an example.
Ian is a self proclaimed “Ninja with a Pen,” with a penchant for dark humor and nerdy jokes only .0001% population finds rib shattering. His obsession of the month is making a simultaneous extrusion 3d Printer from legos, hot glue guns, and neck beard level determination. He has a 1st degree black belt and a degree in creative character killing (read: writing). The style and location of the dojo is classified for your safety.
Incidentally, he’s also sci-fi writer, his first book is on Amazon and Kindle
The World is a Foothold
And the Facebook for his series is
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