Sunday, March 11, 2018


by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo SundaySowThorn_zpsbs6lhe8f.jpg

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo SundayPARABLE_zpskg749l78.jpg 

"The Parable of the Sower" is about faith & unbelief.  It's about sharing our faith with others and dealing with the trials and tribulations that come along with witnessing.  We are all part of God's Growing Garden and the types of seeds that we are planting in His garden are:  grace, mercy and forgiveness.

In this Parable there are 4 different ways to receive the gospel or 4 different sorts of people who come in contact with the gospel.  Today we will be focusing on the seeds sown among thorns.

The seed is always the same:  the gospel is the seed, which is the saving grace and mercy of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.  The soil types are different.  I was going to say that we are the soil but I think that the environment that we live in is the soil.  Once this seed sprouts and a plant appears - this symbolizes our birth as a Christian.  How that plant continues to grow is the type of believer that we become.  Together we are all part of the garden which is the family of God.

by Angie Ouellette-Tower for photo SundaySowThorn3_zps4czbwsqu.jpg

AMONG THORNSI'm sure that we have all been pricked by a thorn at some point in our life.  I was trying to think of the most "thorny" plant that I have seen or grown; for sure the rose comes to mind but I think that the thistle wins this contest.  A thistle (and a thorn in general) is impressive, sharp, prickly and can't be ignored.  If the thistle is not dealt with properly it will take over your garden and you will not be able to grow any other plant.
This is also what can happen with fame & fortune - both are impressive and can't be ignored.  Wealth and popularity can change our focus on Jesus to the world - fame & fortune chokes our Christian walk.  This worldly pressure squeezes out our faith and someday you will turn around and find yourself in a field of thistles where no vegetable or fruit can live.  The thistle is tall, striking and influential but it produces no fruit.

I see it all the time in modern society - the wealthiest and most popular figures are not satisfied and end up in ruin.  If you keep your focus on Jesus you can grow into a fruitful tree - even among the thorns.

If you find yourself in a field of thistles - look up and keep your focus on your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Previous PARABLE posts:PARABLE OF THE VINE - "The True Vine & the Father Gardener"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Be a Fruitful Branch Instead of a Withering Branch"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Producing Joyful Fruit - God's Love Remains Forever"
PARABLE OF THE VINE - "Everlasting Fruit & Everlasting Friends"
The Prodigal Son PARABLE - The Son Who Ran Away
The Prodigal Son PARABLE - The Son Who Stayed Home
PARABLE of The Good Samaritan - Love God First

PARABLE of the Good Samaritan - Love Others
PARABLE of the Sower - Along the Pathway

PARABLE of the Sower - On Rocky Places

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