Sowing seed used to be much more personal than it is today. Farmers now use machinery. Rural America was once characterized by farm workers sowing seeds as this photograph depicts. One person casting the seeds onto prepared ground. True to the parable of the sower, not all seed lands on good ground, or soil capable of taking the seed. Men’s hearts are the ground spoken of in the parable.
A gospel meeting is a sowing of the seed. Our fall meeting with Ronny Wade is now history. For the past 8 days Ronny sowed the seed of the gospel to all who came to worship. Like all sowers, Ronny was unaware of the full condition of all the soils that heard the Gospel. Some soil was likely ready, but other soil was clearly not. His job was to preach the Word – to sow. His part in this task is now completed – so far as our fall meeting is concerned. But the work is far from over.
It now rests with each member and each person who heard the Gospel to make a decision. What will be our response?
It may be that our heart – our soil – wasn’t fully prepared to accept the sowing of the Truth. If so, then an opportunity for salvation may have been wasted. All people must prepare their hearts to accept the Truth. All people must continue to guard their hearts so they can continue to be touched by the Gospel.
But, if we failed to prepare our heart before our meeting – it’s not too late. The seed of the gospel is long-lasting, but only if you will continue to consider the things we were taught by Ronny. Go back and listen to the sermons again. They’re posted on our Events page under “Audio Sermons.”
Prepare your heart. Go to work on your soil, making it ready to accept the Truth. The gospel only gives you two basic options: acceptance or rejection! Salvation accompanies acceptance. Damnation accompanies rejection. A seemingly easy choice, but unfortunately, during our meeting some were perhaps determined to remain in sin.
Are you determined to reach heaven?
Are there things in your life that distract you from being the Christian you know you should be?
Name something in your life that is more important that serving God. (If you can name a single thing, then you’re not living as you should.)
What will you do – today? What choices will you make about how you live and where you decide to spend eternity?
The gospel of Christ was sown during our meeting. If you attended one or more of the services, then you were the recipient of that sowing. Will the seed take hold in your heart? Will you make positive changes in your life to serve God faithfully?
Listen to Ronny’s sermons again. Listen to the Truth of what he taught. Listen to the personal appeals he made for every listener to accept the Gospel and be more devoted to the Lord. It was personal. It was directed to you – and me – and all who were present. Now, it’s necessary for you to do your part and let it take hold and germinate in your heart.