The gospel is not a forensic science

The gospel is not a forensic science

Mark 4: 13 – 20 “Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Don’t you understand? Always think of the parables in this way …

The Word, the message from heaven, the gospel, words of hope and life are given to …

Some people v 15

Others v 16

Still others v 18

Others v 20

Some that bring a 30% return in their life

Some that bring a 60% return in their life

Some that bring a 100% return in their life.

Everyone deserves to hear. Don’t decide who you will share the good news with beforehand. Share it liberally. Don’t focus on those that you think will benefit the most, the 100% return people.

Don’t focus on the hard ground, the rocky places, the thorny soil and not even the expected return from people on who will produce the most for you. Focus on people and people need to hear the gospel. Get the gospel out far and wide. Stop studying who will receive it. Stop trying to efficient. Be outlandish, be wasteful with the gospel. It is not complicated. There is little to work out when everyone deserves to hear. It is not a forensic science. You will not be judged for being lavish with the gospel.

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