‘Because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’ If you remember nothing else from this morning, remember this. If that is too much, remember this: because of the Lord.
Advent is a time, like Lent, for us to prepare ourselves for Jesus’ return, to make sure he finds us waiting
patiently, living holy and godly lives – not to earn his love, but because he already loves us.
I don’t really know why Jesus called this ‘the parable of the sower’, because it isn’t really about the sower, it’s about the soil, and why the gospel does not impact everyone in the same way: the sower is the same, the seed is the same; it’s the soil that produces different results.
It is my prayer that in all we do here our focus would be on Jesus. Yes we need to fill more chairs. Yes we need more money. Yes we need to reach out more effectively – but in all that, let our focus first and foremost be fully on Jesus.