Day 28: Grow, Glow, Go (Luke 8:1-21)
Today’s Passage: Luke 8:1-21
This is another long section of text, but if you look at it, it captures a singular day in Jesus’ life—maybe a singular episode.
We see people following him and coming to him, and he teaches them.
I love the parable of the sower. It has so many dimensions. I find myself looking in the mirror asking what kind of soil I am today (it seems to vary daily, even hourly, ugh). But I also read that the seed grows—regardless of the soil! God’s Word is power. It grows!
Here is another bit. The Sower, who is it? Answer, the one who spreads the seed. The one who spreads the Word of God. Note it is not singularly Jesus. Yes, Jesus is spreading the Word. But we can too! In fact, we are to spread the Word—and the Word is the Word of God.
Many people believe that spreading the Word should be left to preachers, missionaries, and evangelists. Not so! All of us can offer people a simple portion of Scripture, and invite them to read it. God knows what the condition of their hearts (the soil) is like. That bit is up to him. We can simply share.
And when we share, we grow, and our lives will shine, they will glow. That does not mean perfection. It means being authentic. In the midst of troubles and struggles, people will see us lean into Jesus.
Which by the way is the point about mothers, brothers, and sisters. This section is book-ended with two groups of people: those following him, and those who have yet to. He is not being mean-spirited. He loves his biological family, but that is not the point.