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In the 8th chapter of the Gospel of Luke Jesus says, “The seed is the word of God.” In the Matthew 13 passage Jesus says, “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When people hear the message about the Kingdom.” So far, Jesus is saying that the seed is the word of God and that word is equal to the message about the Kingdom.
In the 4th chapter of the Gospel of Mark Jesus speaks about the sowing of the seed on the four soil samples: “The word is sown beside the road. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 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. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 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. 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.” This passage reinforces the sowing of the word of God as the seed.
Now check out later in Matthew 13: Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom.” Now note what Jesus does here. Jesus, the Son of Man, is the sower of the seed. AND, the seed stands for the people of the Kingdom-those who are the Kingdom kids-the followers of the King-the followers of Jesus!
Out of all 8 of the parables in this teaching of Jesus about the Kingdom, there really is only one activity. That activity is the sowing of the seed. So, what is the seed and who is doing the sowing? Jesus is the sower and the word of God-the message of the Kingdom-the people of the Kingdom-represent the seed that He is sowing into the world.
The takeaway for me is this: DON’T SHARE OR EXPLAIN THE GOSPEL. JESUS IS THE GOSPEL! Jesus says that you are the salt of the earth-the light of the world! And now Jesus is saying that you are the Good News He is sowing into this world. How is this done, practically? He sows you into this world as seed and this sowing is done through advancing the conversation everywhere you go.