The Parable of the Sower

Written on August 31, 2009 – 9:21 pm | by Justin Paone |

I was listening to a dramatization of the book of Luke the other day. Jesus was telling the parable of the sower (Luke 8.) In the parable some of the seed, or the Word of God, fell on ground that also had weed seeds. The weeds, which are representative of the cares of this life, ended up choking out the good seed. I feel, in my life, the possibility always exists of the cares of this life choking out my relationship with the Lord. What is the balance between following opportunities that life brings your way that can be nice, and maybe even something that you always wanted to do,  but when you boil them down to their fundamentals, they are “worldly” by nature? By worldly, I mean they have the ability to weaken your faith and walk with the Lord, not because they are inherently evil, but because they can easily force you to change your priories to things other than your walk with the Lord.

I am well aware of the fact that we can’t live a life only focusing on the spiritual. There are the realities of life –like the need to work to put food on the table. Life, in general, brings with it a host of responsibilities that we must tend to and I’m fine with that. I embrace the responsibilities life brings my way.

As a Christian though I can’t let these weeds choke out what really matters. I feel that if I only go with the flow of day-to-day events that come up in my life without making a conscious effort to look out for my spiritual needs along the way, I unintentionally become consumed with the day-to-day living to the point that the cares of life become my master and I their slave.  My time is consumed with their to-dos. My relationship with the Lord in these situations takes the back seat and, unless I catch it, it continues to drift further into the peripherals of my life.

After much thought on this subject, I feel that it comes down to a personal awareness of what really matters.  God’s word in my life is paramount if I wish to stay on course with God and enjoy the benefits that come from sharing my life with Him. I believe if we have an awareness of our priorities in life, the balance between the *world* and the health of our spirits can be kept. It is on an individual basis that this realization and awareness must happen. Safeguards from others are nice, but it is not a long term fix to the problem. To recognize the need for balance, we first must be convinced that there is even a need for such a balance. Many times, sadly, we learn the need for balance through our failure to live a balanced life. Through our imbalance, we reap the negative consequence of a drained spirit which weakens our spirit. This, in turn, affects our physical and mental well being.

I believe that as Christians it is extremely important to keep a good head on our shoulders in this complex, ever changing  life as to what the true priorities are.   If we lose our bearings as to what is truly important and begin to misjudge our priorities amidst all the hubbub that  life  brings our way with its demands, pursuits and opportunities, we will lose our way despite our good intentions.  I admire all of you who have kept a strong relationship with the Lord despite your immersion in a world that is at best indifferent to the things of the Spirit. You have a lot to teach me.

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  1. 3 Responses to “The Parable of the Sower”

  2. By Jason on Sep 6, 2009 | Reply

    Nice post, your writing skills have improved.

    I’m looking forward to hanging out with you in a few days, we should hang out and talk.

  3. By Linda on Sep 12, 2009 | Reply

    You should send it in for an Act article Justin…good stuff.

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