The more I look at this verse from Luke 8 the more I see. Today I see that it was not the hairdresser who went to sow or the dairy farmer or the janitor or the baker. It was the sower. Don’t you agree that it only makes logical sense to have the person who knows how to do the job best do the job? Intellectually I get this, but, somehow, this has escaped me in the practical, everyday living out of life. Let me share a story to illustrate what I mean.
I play the guitar, but not well. I don’t have an ear for music and can’t really discriminate sharps and flats. I can strum chords once I know what they should be and sing along with a group. My best friend in high school was just the opposite. If she sat down to an instrument for just a few weeks she could play it. Whatever the high school band needed that year she would prep in the summer and be ready by fall. She played everything from the xylophone to the baritone. She and I played guitars together. I followed her lead because she could hear the chord changes. I always wanted to lead, but I was not the guitarist. She was. When she and I went off to college, we went our separate ways. I wanted to play my guitar and lead the singing at our small group Bible study at college. I couldn’t, because there was no one there to lead. I was an utter failure. I put my guitar away and God raised up another young person who was a guitarist. He lead our group singing.
This is just one example from my life. There are many others, times when I thought I should do something and I wasn’t meant to do it. Yes, a SOWER went to sow. I have often seen churches not attending to this message. Someone complains that they are tired of their job in the church. They have done it for decades, but “there just isn’t anyone else to do it.” No, there wouldn’t be if the status quo is static. We must have the faith to step aside. God is the provider, He will meet the church’s needs or nudge someone with creative genius to redesign the program with what/who is available.