How Deep Are You Rooted?
The Parable of the Sower †††††by Coleman Simmons
Here Jesus is speaking from a boat to a great multitude by the sea.† Mark 4:3-9
3ĒListen! Behold, a sower went out to sow.† 4And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.† 5Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.† 6But when the sun was up it withered away.† 7And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.† 8But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.Ē
Letís look and our Lordís expounding on and explanation of the parable.† Jesus later explains the parable to the disciples in Mark 4:13-20.
13And He said to them, ďDo you not understand this parable?† How then will you understand all the parables?† 14 The sower sows the word.† 15And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown.† When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.† 16These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness;† 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.† Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the wordís sake, immediately they stumble.† 18Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, 19and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes
unfruitful.† 20But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit; some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.Ē
All plants must have a good deep root system if there is to be any yield.† In order for a plant to establish a good, deep, mature root system it must have good soil as noted in the parable as well as nourishment from the soil, sun and water, not to mention protection and care from other invasive plants and predatorial insects wanting to devour them, just as Satan waits to devour the Christian in his weakness.
We can liken our lives to the plant.† We must plant our roots in God and seek nourishment and protection from Him.† We receive this nourishment in two main ways.†
Godís word contains all of the precepts of life, and prayer helps to keep us in contact and fellowship with the Father and gives us an opportunity to tell Him of our needs and struggles, accompanied with giving of thanks to Him.†
Both prayer and study are necessary for growth.† One without the other is like having sunshine but no rain, the plant will die.† Through His word we learn of the way unto salvation through the blood of His Son.†
When we obey the Gospel, we have been planted in God through Christ, but we must remain in Him until the end so we are not to be taken away by the devil, becoming withered or being choked out, but rather become fruitful, mature Christians and inherit eternal life.†
The protection and nourishment we receive from God through His word and prayer as well as faithful assembly with fellow likeminded Christians will help keep us from becoming victims of the devil as the first seeds did in Jesusí parable; this is especially true for the young Christian.
However, daily prayer and study not only protects the new Christian from being overtaken by the world, but will cause the new Christian to begin to grow and mature, building a more established root system, founded in Christ.†
The process of growing and maturing is a lifelong process that should never stop.† If we relax in study and prayer and forsake the fellowship of the Church, we begin to wither form lack of spiritual nourishment as a plant would in shallow ground.† The stronger the root system, the more ability a plant will have to withstand trials and attacks from wind, drought, etcÖ..†
Plants with deeper roots are able to reach rich nourishment and moisture that will last through the dry days of temptation.† The same goes for the Christian, the deeper rooted we are in God and Christ, the more we know of Him and the closer we are to him, thus, the easier it will be for us to resist the world and itís enticement to sin.†
Sin is to the Christian as Round-Up is to a plant.† Sin separates us from God, and if one continues to let sin rule their life, it can mean eternal death, separating them from God in outer darkness.†
Thus making it all the more important to make sure that we have our lives firmly rooted in the right One, and that we confess and repent (turn away)† of our sins when they occur and strive to abstain from sinful situations.
If we root our lives in God and strive to seek wisdom from Him in prayer and study, He will care for us and give us the increase, just as He does to the plants in nature.† In 1 Corinthians 3 we read beginning in verse 6, 6I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.† 7So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.† Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.
When we choose to obey the Gospel, we are choosing to follow Christ.† When we are baptized into Christ we are added to the Body of Christ by God.† At that point we are planted in Christ and have become saturated in Christ.†
Similar to when you sow a new plant, you typically saturate it with water so it will live and begin to grow, but if we donít remain watered by staying studying Godís word and remaining in prayer and fellowship, we will begin to wither and dry up.† If this pattern is not broken, death may occur.
Therefore we must choose to remain in Him.† By remaining and growing in Christ as a faithful follower until death, God will give us the increase of eternal life.†
We are also commanded to spread the seed, or the word of truth to others so that they too can hear the life giving words of truth, as Paul did in 1 Corinthians, so they too may know how to have life eternal in Christ.
We need also to do like Apollos who watered the newly planted seed by encouraging, teaching and helping other fellow Christians to grow in the Lord.†
If we do all these things and remain pure from sin, God will give the ultimate increase to the obedient Christian and we will have the hope of Heaven and eternal life with Him
Tonight, in whom are you rooted?† There are only two places for your roots to be planted and you can only be in one.† They are in life with Christ, or in death with Satan.
If you have not started a new life, rooted in Christ, now is a good time to make that choice.†
Christ is the Way, the Truth and the Life, if you want eternal life with Him, you must believe that He is the Son of God, and you must confess Him before men.†
Next you must repent of your sins, meaning that you must have a change in your life, turning away from the ways of sin to live pure, holy lives.†
And you must be baptized into Him, dying out to the old life as a seed has to die to yield a new life, and rising to walk as a new creature in Christ.† At that point, you are added to His body and made to be a child of God.†
You then can lead faithful, full lives in Him until death.† If you were at one time planted in Christ, but now have become uprooted by sin, you have the opportunity to confess those sins today and be replanted and restored into Him.† If you have any needs, contact us.