The Dust of the Earth – Introduction
In a society that champions free speech, self-expression, self-promotion, we, as Christians, seem to encounter an incredible amount of resistance when we choose to use those channels to proclaim our Christ. It seems as though its fair game for anyone to say what they want as long as it does not relate to Christianity, and when that rule is broken, we are berated by all sorts of excuses, dismissals, and disapprovals. They are too busy with family and life, it’s too complicated to understand, and they are too caught up in other things. They just aren’t able to hear what you have to say, no matter how much they “supposedly” need to hear it.
Times like that can be incredibly frustrating. When you are working hard to sow the seed, but no one is willing to accept it. When it seems as though the workers are plenty, but the harvest is few. But it is times like those where we need to refocus on our own roots. To remember what the soil we sprung up in, looked like before God got a hold of it. It was just as much of a wasteland as the lives of those around us can be, and if God can make the seed sprout up through all of that, then imagine what He can do in the lives of those around us. Because, at the end of the day, we are all nothing more than the dust of the earth if we don’t have a God to breathe life into us.
The power of a parable is profound in its implications, which is why Christ used them so readily. They have the power both to disguise truth and to reveal it to those who are called, and they are packed full of truth. That is why this series will focus around the very familiar “Parable of the Sower” found in Matthew 13 and the realization that none of us start out as the good soil. It is only when God comes in, that we are transformed to a point where we can accept the seed and produce a crop. This has several profound implications on how we approach sharing our faith which we will explore as we go through this series together.
As always, I hope and pray that we will all grow together as we go through this process and come out on the other side transformed by the hand of God. Can’t wait to see you there!
With the love of Christ,
“Then he told them many things in parables, saying:“A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Matthew 13:3-9 NIV