Let’s just scatter …
Luke 8: 4-5 “While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed …”
The crowd that came with Jesus containing the 12 apostles, the women who had transformation testimonies and many other disciples arrived into town. The numbers were increasing as word got out that a miracle worker, a teacher, a rabbi called Jesus had arrived. People from neighbouring towns were arriving, this is now becoming a large crowd of people. They were wanting to know what Jesus was doing, what he would do, had they missed something, ‘we got here as quick as we could!’
Jesus teaches a parable.
Nothing unusual. Even today, we tell stories, some that are part of our lives, some historical, some crafted just for the occasion.
Perhaps Jesus tells this parable because it shows what he had been doing. Luke had written, “Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.”
“So do you know what I have been doing? Do you want to know what I am doing here right now?”
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed …”
“Oh we see, you’re scattering seed Jesus. Yes we get it!”
Maybe in 2019 we need to get this also.
We have become so used to mechanically sowing, carefully not wanting to waste anything, wondering what would happen if the gospel is rejected. We must go on courses first, we must know what we are going to do and we must become better at sowing. We have so many frightening stories of the random no–thought gospel approach. We need to plan. We need to strategise now. There are questions to ask. We need to be careful not to upset or offend. If we take the gospel into a place where it has already been heard then that’s a waste of time. If we plant a church and there’s a church already there in that town again what a waste! So let’s take time, don’t rush, we need answers to these questions before we go. So we don’t go. We don’t sow. And people are starving because there is no food. I get it if what we are doing is setting up Bible study groups or worship centres. But I am talking about the gospel.
- I believe in training. I believe in courses. I believe in equipping. I do.
But maybe we should just encourage more scattering. It sounds a whole lot more fun! Just throw it out. Go everywhere. Find lots of ways to share the gospel. Mobilise the church. Get out there. Set up new things for the gospel sharing. Make everything about scattering the seed of the gospel. There will be waste, we won’t get the results that match the effort of the scattering, but maybe that isn’t the point. Maybe the point is to scatter. Maybe the Church needs to be mobilised more. Maybe we need to create movement again. Maybe we need a Pentecost!