Parables. Jesus liked to tell stories that shared insights and wisdom. Stories that help us understand and appreciate our own journey and how together we can impact the world. In Matthew 13 we find a parable about the harvest.
Matthew 13: 3-8 MSG
"What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road, and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled by the weeds. Some fell on good earth, and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams."
Some seeds grow and some seeds don't. Simple right? Yes, but that's not what the story is about at all. In this example the seed represents God's Word. What does the hearer do? What is their response?
Some people (road) will hear God's Word and dismiss the opportunity all together. That Word falls on deaf ears. It will never grow. Their journey will never start.
Some people (gravel and the weeds) will accept the invitation and accept Jesus as their Lord. They begin their journey with excitement, but they fail to develop a relationship with Jesus. Perhaps they aren't able to connect with other believers. Maybe they never take the step to become discipled by other believers. They quickly lose their enthusiasm and find themselves stuck in first gear. First gear is a very slow process and the journey is delayed and may even stall altogether.
Some people (good earth) find and accept Jesus Christ with their arms wide open. They get connected with other believers and learn from their journey. They develop their own relationship with Jesus and become disciples themselves. They introduce others to Jesus. They raise up other disciples. These same people become leaders on their own joyful journey with Jesus.
Whether we are at the head of the pack, midway on our own journey or stall in first gear, we each have the opportunity to get in on the good earth harvest. As we journey, we should be able to disciple others along the way. Making each pit stop an adventure. Talking about how Jesus changed your life. Discussing the details of your journey and sharing the accomplishments, as well as the pitfalls, encountered along the way. Journeying through life together with one another, helping others as the Holy Spirit leads, loving life and each other. Don't stay stuck in first gear. Get connected. Find some good ground and a deep well of water. Enjoy your journey. Get in on the good earth harvest.