Everybody wants to succeed and nobody wants to fail. Our human nature is to rally around and embrace all things successful and fear all things associated with failure. Great and impossible things have been achieved all throughout history because of our will to succeed and our drive to avoid failure. We have now come to the point where we can build things, whether they be systems or structures, that cannot fail. (At least, that’s what we tell ourselves). What if we have it backwards? What if we shouldn’t fear failure at all, but embrace it? Jesus has something to say about success and failure…and it could change all of our lives…even the world.
Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
This sermon is based on the teachings of Craig Groeschel, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Adam Hamilton, Bruxy Cavey, Jim Carey, Rob Bell, Bill Hubbard, JD Walt, and Greg Boyd.