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Summary: PROPOSITION: To motivate the hearer to evaluate his/her seed, where he/she is planting, and the harvest he/she is reaping.

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Luke 8:4-8 (NKJV)

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: 5.“A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. 7. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. 8. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

I. THIS SCRIPTURE IMPLIES THAT EACH OF US HAVE SEED TO SOW v.5

“A sower went out to sow his seed.

Note: The sower sowed HIS SEED. He did not sow someone else’s seed. God provides seed for each of us to plant.

2 Corinthians 9:10 (NKJV) Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,

Application: Your available seed: Time, Money, Energy, Material Resources.

II. THIS SCRIPTURE IDENTIFIES THE PLACES UPON WHICH ONE CAN SOW HIS/HER SEED

5a. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside;

6a. Some fell on rock;

7a. And some fell among thorns

8a. But others fell on good ground,

Hosea 10:12a (NKJV) Sow for yourselves righteousness;

Hosea 8:7a (NKJV) “They sow the wind,

Job 4:8 (NKJV) Even as I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.

Isaiah 32:20a (NKJV) Blessed are you who sow beside all [perfect] waters

III. THIS SCRIPTURE AMPLIFIES THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENT UPON ONE’S HARVEST

5b.And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it.

6b. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture.

7b. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.

8b. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.”

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (NLT) Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can goodness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15. What harmony can there be between Christ and the Devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16. And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: “I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 17. Therefore, come out from them and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don’t touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you.

IV. THIS SCRIPTURE SIGNIFIES THE FACT THE ONE CANNOT PLANT SEED WITHOUT RESULT

5c.And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down,

6c. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away

7c. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it.

8c. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop”

Illustration: Sir Robert Watson Watt, the inventor of the radar was arrested himself for speeding. He had been caught in a radar trap. Shortly after this irony he wrote this poem:


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