The Extravagantly Generous Sower

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The Extravagantly Generous Sower

Four Soils Greg Janknegt

“Listen” said Jesus, as SUCH A CROWD GATHERED, standing on the beach, that he got in a boat to be able to teach them, sharing a PARABLE, an allegory, a simple story to teach those who are in fact, listening…

While they may be simple stories, that doesn’t make them easy to understand. Sarah Dylan Brauer, a Minister I read often, invites a ‘simple rule for parables.’ If you’re reading one and not finding anything surprising or even shocking, It’s time to go back and read it again!!

PARABLES are known for reversing the listeners expectations, for challenging well worn patterns of relationship, community and how things are…God turns things upside down but the good news is the aim is abundant life… What do you make of the so-called, Parable of the Sower?

It’s not surprising that the Sower went out to sow, or some of the seeds didn’t grow…

4And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. 5Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. 6But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. 7Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9Let anyone with ears listen!”

So we know this is a story about living lives that make us the kind of soil where the seed is planted, takes hold and grows, isn’t it? BUT isn’t this the Parable of the Foolish Sower, the Generous Sower? He doesn’t reserve the ‘best seeds’ for the fertile ground, doesn’t hold back in sowing. GOD offers God’s generous love, message of hope, life and grace, to everyone!!!!

No discrimination, modelling GENEROSITY and reckless HOSPITALITY, the BIGGER PICTURE of a flourishing world… when you get time, read the story again…

23But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

Surely that’s a surprising yield!! Such careless generosity comes back in spades…AND INVITES OUR RESPONSE…

For me, the parable, the whole story, invites thinking about the planet, CARE for the environment, and stewardship of resources and our consumption must somewhere be part of our faithfully reflected discipleship journey and our choices BUT I know climate science, warming and the future are hard topics, what does it mean that entrepreneur Elon Musk, announced the building of the world’s largest lithium ion battery in South Australia.  John Ward in our community, Principal Scientist/Grids & Energy Efficient Systems/Energy Flagship/CSIRO talked to us 16.7.17 about this news and it’s place in our wider concerns for the world we live in…