Sowing in good soil

Haven’t gone anywhere, just busy. But Dalrock looks to be hanging it up. He has influenced many including myself and he will be missed.

The parable is obviously about the gospel, but there are good other analogous lessons from it.

Matthew 13:3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, “Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 And others fell on the good soil and *yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 He who has ears, let him hear.”

One of the things when helping and mentoring men I’ve run into over the years is the soil type. Some men take to godly masculinity and other tough topics (e.g. attraction and marriage in the Bible) much quicker than others. Some will want to debate you or vehemently disagree.

Overall, it’s good to be sowing that seed everywhere, but when going from just chatting and helping to mentoring or discipling you want to focus on the ones in good soil (those who want to learn and grow). I know this is obvious in hindsight or when thinking about it, but it’s easy to get distracted into the similar concepts of wanting the men to change.

We can’t change or influence the soil or get the seed to grow. That’s God’s job. But we can plant and water, and it needs to be done in right amounts. Focus on the fruitful areas, but be ready for God to work on the rocky areas when necessary.

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8 Responses to Sowing in good soil

  1. Jack says:

    I wrote a piece about evangelism and the four kinds of soils. This might help identify which kinds of people you’re dealing with.
    https://sigmaframe.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/the-nature-of-evangelism/

  2. Don Quixote says:

    One of the great aspects of the ‘seed-of-God’ is that the seed contains all the info to bear fruit. The soil is as dumb as dirt, the soil only provides a place for the seed. When other Christians disagree with our message [red-pill, permanence-of-marriage, sabbath-message, whatever] then the Holy Spirit can/will reveal the truth, even if its difficult to accept. The ‘seed’ knows what it’s doin.

  3. Joe2 says:

    We can’t change or influence the soil or get the seed to grow. That’s God’s job. But we can plant and water, and it needs to be done in right amounts.

    I’m reminded of 1Cor3:16 “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.” Here planting and watering are done by two individuals, Paul and Apollos. So it’s possible that those who want to debate or vehemently disagree may need mentoring or discipling by another individual.

  4. Deep Strength
    It looks like I was wrong about you, you’re not a coward at all and you didn’t delete my comment.

    For what it’s worth, I would just like to apologize to you personally. I was nasty and my comment was totally uncalled for.
    I am truly sorry for the things I said

  5. @ feministdestroyer

    I am going to delete the other comments with profanity because they are nasty. Please try to be more self controlled and kind in your critiques of others.

    And thank you for the apology. We’re all here to learn and grow.

  6. Yup will do Deep Strength 😊
    It won’t happen again, and once again thank you for your patience and kindness

  7. Elspeth says:

    I know this is completely out of left field, but…any announcements yet? 🙂

  8. @ Elspeth

    Hah. It is a possibility. 🙂

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