Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
"The sower sows the word." (Mark 4:14)
Who is represented by the sower? He represents God's fellow workers, those who proclaim the Kingdom good news. Like Paul and Apollos, they plant and water. But even though they work hard, the results differ. Why? Because of the different heart conditions of those who hear the message. In the illustration, the sower has no control over these results. How comforting this is, especially to those of our faithful brothers and sisters who have worked for many years with seemingly few tangible results! Faithfulness on the part of the sower is not measured by the results of his work. Paul alluded to that when he said: "Each person will receive his own reward according to his own labor." (1 Corinthians 3:8) The reward is according to the labor, not according to the results of the labor. To a large extent, results depend on the heart condition of the hearer. But ultimately, it is God who makes it grow!
(Watchtower issue: 7/15/08, 3:6, 8, 9)
This corresponds with what was mentioned in yesterday's text...because we already know that the majority of people will not choose to accept the message, but Jehovah is giving everyone the opportunity to hear the message. So our job of "sowing the word" and planting seeds of truth, remains the same, regardless of the end results.
Solomon sums it up quite nicely:
"In the morning sow your seed and until the evening do not let your hand rest; for you are not knowing where this will have success, either here or there, or whether both of them will alike be good." (Ecclesiastes 11:6)