Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
Jesus refers to the seed sown in three ways (Matthew 13; Luke 8): The seed is the“word of God.” The seed is the “message of the Kingdom.” The seed is the“sons of the Kingdom.”
Jesus seems to view the seed sown in and through the sons of the Kingdom as the word of God and the message of God’s Kingdom. This is what his primary message was as he taught throughout the villages and synagogues. Therefore, the word of God-the message of the Kingdom-is the active presence of God, working within, among and through the followers of Jesus in the form of a seed.
This seed has tremendous spiritual power within those who are followers of Jesus-to be productive-to be fruitful. It is able to produce amazing levels of fruit. To be fruitful is to enjoy the peace, joy, love and grace of Jesus for yourself and if you as a follower show up, you can bring that same fruit for those in need.
Its effect on you and through you is determined by your response to the seed. It’s all a matter of responsiveness. Note that you are not responsible to bring forth the fruit, but the power of the seed will produce the fruit, if planted in the good soil. I’ve come to realize that these soils are dynamic in our lives. I have been each of these soils at one time or another. Can you see this in your life as well?
Out of all of the eight parables recorded in Matthew 13 only one parable has an action step to it. There is one primary activity within the Kingdom Jesus came to establish. It’s right here in the parable of the soils. The primary activity of the Kingdom is the constant sowing of the seed of the Good News of the Kingdom.
Please note: the primary activity is not trying to get people to go to heaven. It is not trying to convert people to join a certain religion. It is not trying to get people to join your religious organization. The primary activity is the sowing of seed-introducing the word of God, the Good News of the Kingdom, which is present and alive within and among the followers of Jesus. The primary activity is introducing people to the person of Jesus-without all the religious baggage.
In my thinking, this sowing activity is how we are to be making disciples. Sowing seed is be actively involved in advancing the conversation of Jesus. It’s re-presenting Jesus, when those around you are in need of healing and love. So, the primary activity of living in the Kingdom is to sow the seed of the Good News of Jesus walking and talking it as you go.