“The twelve were with Him, and also some women … and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means … He spoke by way of a parable: ‘The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.’” (Luke 8:1-5 NASB)
In Luke’s Gospel, it’s no accident that the Parable of the Sower immediately follows the description of the women who supported Jesus’ ministry from “their private means.” These women demonstrated the principle of selfless giving. They gave up everything to follow Him, and Jesus’ parable taught people the principles these women were putting into action.
By supporting Jesus with their resources, these women were Sowing out of the Seeds they had been given. But they just didn’t Sow it anywhere — they Sowed “into the good soil,” the ministry of Jesus. As a result, they were promised a “crop a hundred times as great” (vs. 6-8).
Like us, these women had choices to make regarding what they would do with the resources God had given them. They wisely decided to Sow into the “good soil” of God’s Kingdom. They gave of their resources, but they also committed their lives, following Jesus and living for Him.
If we have “ears to hear,” we will hear Jesus say that He wants us to be like these women. He wants us to leave everything behind and follow Him. He wants us to recognize that His ministry is “good soil,” and He wants us to be willing to support His ministry with the resources that we have been given.
When you follow these principles, you can expect a return on your investment. Jesus promised “a crop a hundred times as great” as what we have Sown. Sow into His Kingdom today, and watch Him bless you!
Father, I commit my time, talent, and treasure to You. Show me the “good soil” where I should Sow my Seeds. I want to serve You and see Your Kingdom come. In Jesus’ name. Amen.