The Key to a "Sow and Tell" Lifestyle!

God’s communication strategy has always been to wrap truth in a person and use that person as the seed of the kingdom to re-present and reproduce the sons of the kingdom. Matthew 13:38, “The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one.”

Jesus visualized and verbalized the reality of the kingdom of Heaven. He is the SEED, the WORD of GOD, planted in death and raised in the glory of the resurrection. He, the Firstborn of many brethren, has seen His Seed reproduced in a vast harvest that is to become as vast as the sand on the seashore. As our High Priest, He Intercedes for us — not that we can be protected, pampered, and polished up so as to make it to Heaven, but that we might be Inter-SEEDERS. Dying and rising in the power of His life, in order to be seeding the earth with the glory of His kingdom.

What is the key to a “sow and tell” lifestyle?

1. We will be Worshiping Passionately – Acts 4:13, “… and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.”

What was it that enabled the first three centuries of disciples of Jesus to conquer their known world? What so possessed them that could out-love, outlive, out-think, and out-die the pagans of their day? It was the discovery of the Treasure Chest of Holy Love, Joy, and Peace — Christ Jesus, the Lord and King! It was the reality of becoming a Lawful Partner in an Unshakable Kingdom and a Loving Companion with the Unchanging Person of the King! They were constrained and consumed by a passionate love for the Son of God. Passion is the right word – it’s expresses a desire, fervor, ardor, enthusiasm, appetite, zeal, etc.  Being with Jesus will produce a “show” as well as “sow” and “tell” lifestyle.

What we prize the most we pursue the hardest, praise the loudest, and proclaim the most frequently ! When we are truly prizing and pursuing King Jesus, several things should typify our lifestyles:

2. We will be Going Alertly — Psalm 126:6: “He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.”

There can be no sowing without going! Jesus doesn’t want His people coming to church. He wants a going church. He is not interested in how many you have coming to sit on their seats, but on how many are going out with their feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. There’s no impact without contact. There’s no infection if there is only isolation. If one stays in a religious state of quarantine, there is no passing on of what we have caught.

3. We will be Speaking Confidently – Acts 4:20, For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”

Acts 4:29-30, “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”

Someone well said that there are three type of Christian witnesses: Frozen Mouths, Fervent Maulers, and Free Messengers. Those being filled with the Spirit have seen and heard the message and experienced the power of the world to come in the kingdom of God. They share fully, freely, naturally, compassionately and powerfully with those that have had appointments made by the Holy Spirit. They know that it’s no longer their responsibility, but their response to His ability made operative by their availability!

4. We will be Weeping Affectionately – Psalm 126:5, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.”

Weeping first because the fame of God’s name and the story of His glory is still unknown and unheard by over 2.3 billion persons in the world today. Weeping because research indicates that at least 12.5 million people will die this year without ever meeting a single Christian of any kind!

5. We will be Sowing Profusely – 2 Corinthians 9:6, “But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

We are to be going, reaching the lost, healing the sick, delivering the captives, and teaching the believers, discipling the nations, and extending the kingdom into every sphere of the world – taking advantage of every means available to be sowing the seed of the word of the kingdom.

6. We will be Expecting Abundantly – Matthew 13:23,31-32

13:23: “As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

13:31-32: He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

By the way, while you’re sowing, cultivating, and harvesting, don’t be overly concerned about the “tares” or “imitation wheat.”

Seeds are mysterious, remarkable things. Their power to multiply, if the laws of the harvest are properly followed, is nothing short of breathtaking and mind-boggling.

Right seed and seeding is the key to success in everything!

Chuck Swindoll, while in Marine Corps had a bunk mate named Eddie. He shared his faith with Eddie pretty early on in their relationship, and Eddie made it only too clear he was not in the least bit interested.

“I don’t want that stuff rammed down my throat, OK? Your live your life; I’ll live mine.  Got it?”

Chuck got it.  But Eddie was watching Chuck as Chuck got involved in a Scripture memory program, in a prayer ministry, in street meetings, and in a discipleship program.  Chuck wanted so much to reach Eddie, but he was at a loss to know how.  One day, Chuck had an idea.  Maybe Eddie would help him review his Bible memory verses.  So he said, “Eddie, I’m going over these Bible verses and I wonder if you’d just help me review them.”

Eddie said, “Yeah, but don’t lay your thing on me, OK?  I’ll help you with the words, but I ain’t interested in being some kind of monk!”

Chuck smiled and agreed with the plan.  So Chuck and Eddie went over those verses month after month after month.  Eddie listened.  Eddie corrected.  Eddie even encouraged.  But Eddie never responded or showed any sign of any spiritual interest – never even once.

Not until 25 years later.  Chuck Swindoll’s phone rang one day.  “Chuck?”  “Yeah, who’s this?”  “This is Eddie, your old bunk buddy in Okinawa.”  “Eddie!  How are ya?”  “Hey, listen, man. I’ve been saved.  My wife, too.  Thanks for living for Christ.  Remember when you used to lay those verses on me?”  “Yeah, I  remember.”  “Chuck… it worked.”  Back in 1958, Chuck sowed some spiritual seeds.  In 1984, God brought in the harvest.

We must, as whole persons, take the whole gospel to the whole world. Worldwide blessing is promised in Christ.

Rise up O men of God! The enemy is in his death throes. The time is ripe, the fields are white unto harvest. In Christ, we have all that we need to conquer the earth for the glory of God!

We should resolve to sow more good seed than we have ever sown before, to distribute more truth than we have ever done before, to invest in more lives than ever before, to avail ourselves of every opportunity to sow seed.  To sow seeds of the printed word, the spoken word, seeds of kindness, seeds of life-giving words, of life-imparting persons, etc. It is time to sow and tell the gospel of God more profusely and persistently than ever.