Kingdom Work…

In the parable of the sower, Matthew 13: 3-9,

a story that I love,

I am reminded that the seed is the Kingdom of God, me.

God is the sower.


Jean Francois Millet, The Sower

Some of the seed falls on hard ground, some on stony ground, some where thorny weeds grow up and some on good soil.

Throughout my life I have found myself in each of those soils.

Sadly I am not fortunate enough to have been sown in fertile soil…at least not all the time…

I’ve found myself questioning my faith, drifting from one view to another following fads and people, being swept away by new ideas.

I’ve grown up in the company of thorny weeds,


that have blocked my light with their overbearing ways and loud voices.

But more often than not I spend most of my time on stony ground, allowing life to go on around me, a Peteresque character who’d rather deny than proclaim; I keep quiet in case I’m shunned or ridiculed I don’t produce much fruit.

I learned this trait from my parents, the diplomats, unwilling to ruffle any feathers lest they were left with an international incident on their hands.

The moments I find myself in fertile soil are the most rewarding, God is forgiving, He distributes a lot of grace and He carries the giant share of the responsibility for His Kingdom.

I am comforted by the thought that growing God’s Kingdom is not down to me.  The work is not my own, it is God’s,

and I can be His helper.

I had a wonderful guest on The Sociable Homeschooler  who would ask God,

“What are you doing today?  Can I help?”

I try to stand in God’s way,

to take a breath,

to wait,

ready to jump in when He calls.

The work is His and I’m His helpmate…

He will never leave me on my own.

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