11 He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets [a] of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables,
Parable of the Wheat and Weeds
“Yes,” they said, “we do.”
Parable of the Fishing Net
24 Here is another story Jesus told: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. 25 But that night as the workers slept, his enemy came and planted weeds among the wheat, then slipped away. 26 When the crop began to grow and produce grain, the weeds also grew.
Those of us who seek to follow Jesus tend to take seriously His command to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15). Sometimes, however, the thought of actually doing that makes our palms sweat and our tongues stick to the roofs of our mouths. That discomfort may come from the fact that we take on a bit more responsibility than God intended.
Understanding that lifts a big burden off our shoulders. But we still have the privilege and responsibility of planting and watering those seeds. Sharing the Good News of the Gospel has always been something The Navigators have emphasized. And while we’ve developed tools and resources to help disciples of Jesus do that (some of which you’ll find within this issue) what’s really important is living a transformed life that begs the question, “What makes you different?” coupled with the willingness and ability to give an answer for the hope that is within us.
Our job is to plant and water seeds. God’s job is to make things grow. Paul emphasized the importance of that when he pointed out, “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task” (1 Corinthians 3:5).
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Jesus explains the story about the seeds
Other people try to obey God. But other things seem very important to them. They may think about their troubles. They may think about their money. They may think about other things. But they do not still think about God�s message. So they cannot obey him.