We were studying the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8 this past Sunday in community…I shared a quote from one of my favorite study books on the Parables, Helmut Theilke’s book, The Waiting Father. This quote came in reflection on that seed that is choked out by weeds:
"everyone has a hidden axis around which his/her life revolves – every person has a price for which he/she is prepared to sell themselves and their salvation".
I don’t know about you, but that gets to the core of the issue, doesn’t it? There are hidden things in all of our lives that would be on the "non-negotiable" list even if we were looking Jesus right in the eyes. We would all have that look on our face, "who, me?" I guess that’s one of the reasons why we need to be transparent before the Lord. Do you think God is fooled? Don’t be mistaken! We might be willing to sell our "soul" to keep that axis hidden, but God isn’t taken back. We’re just fooling ourselves, keeping stuck, and allowing that axis to keep us from experiencing the power of God in new ways. Take a look at the parable yourself…the story is not about four different types of people as much as it is about the dangerous seed, the demanding seed and how we are all four types of soil at different seasons in our lives. Oh, I know that there are many ways to look at this parable…that’s why the story of scripture is worth the time to take fresh looks.