He said in a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed…This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.” Luke 8:5, 11
Jesus told a parable of a person who sowed seed in four different kinds of soil. The soil represented the receptiveness of one’s heart and the results were different each time. The seed, however, always remained the same. It was the “word of God.”
The “sower” in this parable is another picture of a “fisher of men.” Every follower of Jesus has been commissioned to deliver a message from God to others. In order to do this, it will be so important that the follower of Jesus be familiar with God’s Word. God’s Word is the message to be delivered. Effectiveness in delivering this message will require time, effort, study, and discipline on the part of the “fisher of men.” The apostle Paul put it this way as he instructed his apprentice, Timothy,
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly teaching the word of truth. But avoid irreverent, empty speech, for this will produce an even greater measure of godlessness.” 2 Tim 3:15-16
The impact of words cannot be overstated. And the difference between our words and God’s words is huge. When sharing the gospel, it is so important that we clearly communicate God’s Word. Our words may give momentary relief and comfort but cannot offer life. God’s Word will cut through the venire and excuses that people are so apt to make and provide permanent help, hope, and life. Notice what the Scripture says about the power of God’s Word.
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as to divide soul, spirit, joints, and marrow; it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Once the heart of man is exposed to the Word of God, it will do its work. The receptivity of the heart will determine just what kind of change will take place and how long it will take. Since the “fisher of men” cannot change the receptivity of another’s heart, he must focus on what he can do – deliver the Message that is able to change a heart and life when received.
“Fishers of men” must read, study, learn, memorize, meditate on, and deliver God’s Word to others. This will require preparation. Today, renew your commitment to dig in daily. Allow God’s Word to do surgery on your heart and soul. Then you’ll be able to relate much more effectively to those you are encouraging to go under the blade of God’s scalpel in surgery.