Each week we’ll post a short snippet from Ashley’s sermon from that Sunday. Here are a few words on what he said about Jesus’ story of the sower as a challenge to investing generously in what God is doing.
I wonder if Jesus told the story this way to show us just how generous God is, that his message, his kingdom, is for everyone. So he scatters liberally, throwing it here and there and everywhere, because everyone matters, and everyone should get the opportunity to hear.
The God that Jesus came to reveal to us is a God who doesn’t give a little but rather who gives everything. He is a God, if you like, who invests everything in the world he loves.
I wonder if we are as generous.
I wonder if we are as willing to invest as liberally in the work of God’s kingdom as the farmer was with his seed.
My suspicion is that we’re more likely to be concerned about the waste because we feel that our resources are scarce. And so we think, we must be careful with how we spend our money or our time or our efforts because we don’t have much in the first place.
I understand why we might think like this. But is that kingdom thinking?
[Reflecting on Matthew 13.1-9 and 18-23]