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Here's a thought for March 9

March 9, 2012
By the Rev. Kelly Wasberg , Marshall Independent

Living Word Lutheran Church

March Madness: "Jesus spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow"

This verse from Matthew's gospel, chapter 13, verse 3, opens a chapter of parables which both educate and warn the disciples as to His Kingdom's arrival: the Kingdom of Heaven has come near. Among the evidence of this kingdom at the curb of your house is seen as reckless followers of Jesus scatter the seed of his Word even in places it cannot (or will) not grow. Christians call it the "preached" God. There are at least (60) gatherings of Christians in smaller and larger churches and communions in Lyon County, some of them with more than 125 years of history.

What kind of farmer plants precious seed in shallow or rocky soil? Does Jesus imply a reckless approach here? Or is the harvest simply so critical and the need so great that even valuable seed is scattered with abandon in hopes of it taking root?

Kent Keith wrote Jesus Did It Anyway: The Paradoxical Commandments for Christians. He said, "People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered: Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives: Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies: Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow: Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable: Be honest and frank anyway. The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds: Think big anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs: Fight for a few underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight: Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you do help them: Help people anyway. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth: Give the world the best you have anyway."

The best we have to give is the precious seed of the Word of God. The Bible, which Martin Luther referred to as the Cradle of Christ, both contains and conveys the good news of Jesus. He commands that it must be widely broadcast in spite of obvious, external threats to the seed. We must continue to plant in faith with the same reckless abandon as Jesus the sower.

"For as the rain and snow come down from heaven, and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread for the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:10-11



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