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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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The Cultivating the Good Soil

 

By Rev. Tom Tuura

Pastor of Christ Lutheran Church


Our theme for 2018 is agricultural. Much of the Bible is about people in agrarian societies, so consequently many of the teachings are agricultural in nature. This whole series came about from a study of the “Parable of the Sower” as it has often been called. In telling it our Lord covers a lot of ground, literally. The bottom line for reflection and application for us is we want to be that good soil that is fruitful. How does soil get tender and rich? Well aside from its initial composition, ongoing fertilizing and cultivation. How does cultivation take place? It is such a nice sounding word. However, it is deliberately dragging a large implement with very sharp objects imbedded downward across the ground.

Are you rich soil? If so are you allowing yourself to be cultivated?

Well, in keeping with the season of Easter, here is a comment Jesus made recorded in John 12.

“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, It remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow

Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.”

Spring is the time for seeds, for planting those seeds, but also for resurrection and regeneration. That’s the natural order of creation. Interesting how creation is set up for the resurrection.

Let’s look at another passage. Galatians 6:7-9

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”

This passage gives us a stern warning. It is otherwise known as the law of the harvest. Too many times we sow seeds of rebellion or iniquity, and then pray for a crop failure. This is occurring on an individual level as well as a cultural level, in our public lives and private lives.

We need to understand the difference between public, private and secret. That which is private is protected by our constitution. That is the blinds on our windows, the door on our bedroom. Private is what we discuss with our pastor, or counselor or doctor. Secret is none of those things. Listen, boys and girls, you are never obligated to keep a secret. Secrets are not protected, by laws but only by threats of coercion or violence. The public realm on the other hand, is obvious. That’s what everybody sees. That's going up town, to the store, or Main Street. But God sees it all. By the way what we are in private is the true measure of our character.

We have all struggled at one point or another with “behind closed door” indiscretion both secret and private. Nobody should be judging that. Whether it is “hanky-panky” in the haw mow, or “misbehavior” in the back seat; weather it’s a puff or a swig behind the barn, a jealous hateful thought, secret indiscretions are all pretty much equal to guilt ridden souls. These indiscretions have their own risks and dangers of course. I'm not saying they are harmless; they are not. We all struggle with them, or have. And God has seen it all. There's a reason for feeling guilty. And there's forgiveness and healing at Calvary. At Calvary, we receive the forgiveness, in the congregation through confession to one another we get steered in the right direction. Those “seeds” sown are dealt with.

This is not what we are dealing with as a society today. What we are dealing with are indiscretions that are brought out from behind closed doors. They are brought out on Main Street and celebrated. They are no longer indiscretions but discretions.

Now parents don't lecture about their children’s embracing these things, because they themselves may have struggled with indiscretions behind closed doors. But now their children are not struggling, but embracing the now open discretionary behavior. And the parents fear being called hypocrites.

That is why repentance and renouncing past behaviors can free the generations. No longer is hypocrisy in play. We all believe, as we should, in second chances.

When private and secret sin go public, there is cause for serious concern. When its celebrated as something good, i.e. not “sin” anymore, it can’t be forgiven. As we've said, sin has been redefined. And indeed it has. It has come out in public, wearing respectable clothing. Next stop, the church. This is what Paul is talking about in Galatians. The prophet Hosea says “They sow to the wind and reap the whirlwind”. (8:7)

 

There are a lot of agricultural lessons in the Bible, not about fields and farms, but about our lives. We could as a society learn much about ourselves if we would only listen.

 

"That's My View From The Blackberry Patch Pulpit" 

-Pastor Tom Tuura