I’m always pleasantly surprised to gain a new insight from very familiar Scripture passages. That happened this morning at the beginning of our Executive Leadership Team meeting, when Bishop Whipple gave a brief devotional about the Parable of the Sower. As we all know, some seed fell on rocky ground, some on thorny ground, and some on fertile soil.
Here’s the new insight I gained. The Bishop noted that the sower was never chastised for dropping seed on rocky or thorny ground. We efficiency-minded Americans would say, “Stop wasting seed! Scatter it only where it will grow unhindered!” But our job is to scatter the seed of the Gospel everywhere–where it’s welcome, and where it’s not. We won’t always know if a person is rocky, thorny, or fertile soil. But our job is to scatter. Let God worry about what sprouts up.