The Sower: On Hearing – Gospel in Life

The Sower: On Hearing

Tim Keller |  August 23, 1992

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  • The Bible
  • Christian Living and Obedience
Matthew 13:1-9; 18-23
RS 33-4


The Kingdom of God is not like the kingdoms of this world. Ordinary kingdoms come by conquest and therefore they are impossible to miss. However, when Jesus uses the metaphor of a tiny seed in order to describe God’s Kingdom, he shows how easy it can be to be oblivious to God’s Kingdom. Therefore, it can difficult to know whether one has entered God’s Kingdom. Jesus tells the parable of the sower in order to help individuals test whether or not they are truly in this most unlikely kingdom.

In Matthew 13, we find the parable of the sower. This story tells us that God’s kingdom is like a seed with immense power to heal and transform every part of our lives. This transformation starts by listening, accepting, and understanding the truth. Often, we might not understand or even ignore this power. However, it’s like a seed that can change a whole field, achieving this through love and encouraging us to love and obey.

To fully experience this kingdom, we need to deeply engage with what Jesus teaches us. We need to give every part of our lives to Him, recognize our wrongdoings against God, ask for His forgiveness, and let His Word grow love and obedience in our hearts.


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