Jesus makes a call of repentance; a call of becoming one with Him and repenting of resistance to our new covenant life in the Parable of the Sower. This parable is about the need for a new planting; for a genuine new birth rather than a continuation of the old Adamic/Mosaic life with Jesus’ help – which is no gospel at all.
The parable of the Sower is not about the need to give up sins. It’s about the need to be planted in His Life. It depicts the weeds of separation as compared to the fruitfulness of oneness with God. To be blunt it’s about people who live from the law rather than Christ their life.
What if the essence of God’s life for you was more than some kind of conformity, more than morality, more than helping you shape up enough to make you think you had arrived at a point where you believe yourself worthy enough to be loved?
What if Jesus wanted you to know that the parable of The Sower is not about you ridding sin from your life or making yourself amenable to God?
What if the stones the rocks and the weeds in the story were not persistent or even favourite sins? What if they were the fictions you resort to as a legalist.
What if the weeds were our most cherished malformed beliefs or our most distorted perversion of His Gospel.
What if the slabs of rock where the seeds fell, shot and withered for lack of moisture and soil are the embedded assumptions that we have inherited; the amended gospel we have attached to that resists the light of Jesus and the truth of God?
What is the story is about people insisting on living from the tree of knowledge and death when they have a tree of life who is a Person? What if this parable is really about our resistance to our inheritance and the new covenant? Baxter Kruger writes,
THE GIFTS OF HIS RELATIONSHIP TO FATHER TO YOU
“What if Jesus reached into his own soul, as it were, and took his own spiritual knowledge of the Father’s heart and gave it to you, put it in your soul? What if he were able to penetrate our projections and share his own perception with us in our falleness? This is where the gift Jesus gives to the human race is far greater than any religion. This is the stunning turn in the history of human existence.” (1)
This is better than any ‘perspective’ and religion, any status and security we think we have in any community of belief. This is where God is and where your real self grows. This is where you grow up from being a worker to a son/daughter of God.
I found this commentary this morning that is very relevant to our advance into mature sonship.
‘Deep within us lies the conceit that we’re in charge of what happens to us; that there is a solution available to us for every problem. This gives our lives a sense of predictability and reliability.’ In the religious realm we can perpetuate the illusion that we are in charge and in control by adhering to iconic observances and walking well-trodden paths, when these paths lead nowhere and are themselves and illusion because this kind of certainty and security is itself a rope of sand.
So [we] try to reclaim [certainty]. By doing something. Anything. Toilet paper? [ What version of doctrinal toilet paper have we obsessed over]… Sure. It just needs to be some little corner of our lives that we can now say for sure is sorted.’
But what if this little corner of supposed certainty is a denial of the apostle’s doctrine? What if it makes us smaller rather than larger or less alive and more dead? What if it is the subversion of infinite life that we have chosen as our self-made gospel – this missing out on life that can be ours if we had not buried it in the ground with the words, ‘You are a hard man, reaping where you did not sow.’
But that’s what our Lord does. He creates something out of nothing.
(1) Kruger, C. Baxter. Across All Worlds: Jesus Inside Our Darkness (Kindle Locations 974-977). Perichoresis, Inc. Kindle Edition.