Growing up in a farming community I learned a few lessons that apply to our faith and discipleship. First is that farming takes hard work. Second, farming takes a lot of faith. God doesn’t just miracously give you an abundant crop. Farming is a partnership with God.
For example, you are not going to get a crop unless you plant. And you can’t plant unless you harvest. It’s also true that sometimes a crop doesn’t produce as we had hoped. Drought, hail, too much rain and weeds can diminish, or even destroy, a crop. But those things don’t keep us from tilling the soil and planting still more seeds.
It’s the same with our discipleship. Matthew 28:19 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations….”
Have you ever grown a crop whether wheat, corn, beans, or even garden vegetables without planting? Highly unlikely.
There is a process to farming, whether in soil or in a soul. You cannot plant what you do no sow. What does this mean for us as a church? Simply, it means that first of all, church is not a place we go on Sunday morning. That’s worship. Church is more than that. We can never afford to be satisfied with the gathering unless we also scatter. Part of being the Church is the gathering for worship, study, fellowship and outreach. But gathering a crop of corn in a bin will never produce a harvest. Those seeds have to be scattered. That’s where we come in as the Church. We gather together certainly, but we are called to scatter the seeds in others. Scripture says some “seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop–a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Will you commit to being both a gatherer and one who scatters? God will provide that harvest.