Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” — Matthew 13:3-9 —
The Parable of the Sower Explained
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” — Matthew 13:18-23 —
I purchased a grow light, and loving turnips, some turnip seeds. When I received the seeds, I could not believe how tiny they are. I thought to myself surely nothing is going to grow from that. I was disappointed. But, I went on and set them up under the grow light. After just one day, they began to change! After three days, they were sprouting! So I have me some cute little baby turnip seeds growing in my basement. 🙂
I made a mistake in putting them in the little pods. Thinking that nothing could grow from even one tiny seed, I put more than one seed in some of the pods, hoping at least one would grow. Well, most of them are growing and guess what? The pods I filled with extra seed are growing all clumped up together. As of now it would take tweezers to seperate them. But if I should try, I suppose I would kill them. So I will leave them alone and see what happens.
It made me wonder if we Christians can ever sow too much seed (The Word of God) in one place. I had my niece over a couple weeks ago helping me clean house and she began asking me many questions about the things of God and the Bible. I got excited because I could see God was setting eternity in her heart. I love talking about the things of God to anyone who is interested and here she was, full of questions, truly wanting to know. I began sharing with her, and to the best of my abilities answered her questions. I thought to myself dear God, am I giving her too much at one time? Help her to contain all of this. To remember Your Word.
Paul said: “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. — 1 Corinthains 3:6-8 —
Paul was speaking about how he and Apollos had given out the (seed) Word of God. He gave God the glory by saying that those who plant and water are not anything. One plants and another comes along and waters that which has been planted. Just like my turnip seeds — I planted and watered, but it is God who is making them grow.
So in answer to my own question, is there ever a time when we can plant too much seed in one place? I don’t think so. If my little plants grow into a jumbled little mess, God is perfectly capable of sorting it out. I may mess it up, but God is still the One who gives the increase.
However, the ground has to be broken up, tilled before we plant seed in an actual garden. Pray that God break the fallow ground of the heart, so that the seeds you plant will take root. No matter where the seed falls, remember , it is still eternal seed. Even if you ever feel like you have messed up in not planting correctly, remember it is God who is giving the increase.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. — Isaiah 55:10,11 —