Behold, a sower went forth to sow … But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.”
– Matthew 13:3,8
Recently I received a phone call from a friend. She asked if I would like some corn on the cob. They had extra, and I should come and get some … free! Oh, I was so excited! I don’t have a garden, but I believe in having friends who have gardens. Why? Because we love fresh corn! That same day I went to their farm. When I arrived, my friend showed me the field where I could pick the corn. She also said, “You must take at least fifty to one hundred ears.”
WOW! This would be like old times on my grandparents’ farm. I loved to help them in the field! I got into the field and started picking corn. I noticed each stalk had two ears of corn. I picked 100 ears of corn and carried them to the car. I forgot how my hands would hurt after picking so much corn, or maybe I just didn’t have “farmers hands” anymore. At home, I began to clean the corn, and I thought, “Wow, look at how many kernels of corn are on each cob!” Immediately I thought about the story Jesus told in Matthew 13 about the sower and the seed. He used a story to explain about our work here on earth and what rewards we will gain in Heaven. Life here on earth is hard. It requires me to be faithful and not to quit! I must do my part and sow the seed – the Word of God – the Gospel. I don’t know what kind of ground it will fall onto … the wayside, stony ground, thorns, or good ground. I must continue to sow the seed. My heart’s desire is to see 100 souls saved, or sixty, or thirty.
The time in the cornfield brought back many wonderful memories with my grandparents. It was also a challenge to my heart to continue to work for the Lord. The harvest time is closer than we think.
The need is simply to sow the seed!