Humbleness and Pride

The parable of the sower teaches us one important lesson. God is the owner of everything; He created all things. The seed cannot grow by itself. The land itself cannot make that seed bloom into a tree, a bush or a flower. God enables everything to work together. He makes the land fit for vegetation. He allows the land to nurture the seed planted so that it will grow and be fruitful.

It is the same with his people. The seed represents God’s works which work in us, guide us and direct us in our lives. We are the land; the good land. Among the four, there is only one class that enables the seeds sown by the sower to grow and be fruitful. He has His chosen people, His chosen race, and His sheep.

Just as the land and seed cannot grow by itself, we humans cannot also live by ourselves. Like the seed and land, God has to work in us, both to do and to will, to be fruitful. It is God who makes us grow, gives us strength in our daily lives. He provides our daily food, shelter and clothing.

Now, you’d ask yourself, “If this is so, is God unfair? He controls all things. He determines all things. He chose who he wants for salvation. What about the others? What if I’m not one of His chosen people? What should I do?” God forbid. We are all sinners, only saved by grave, bestowed with God’s mercy and that it is only through faith that we are saved, in Christ alone. If you go to heaven, it is because God has been merciful to you and has chosen you to salvation. If you go to hell, then it is because you are a sinner. God is just and he is angry with sin. How could you complain when you don’t own anything even your life? Can a vessel complain to its maker why he made it such? No, because it was just a vessel, a creation, just like us. God has the only privilege to do whatever he likes. He has sole authority to everything.

The next dilemma is, “What should I do? I want to be saved. I want to see him in heaven. I don’t want to be in hell.” There’s no one who wants to go in hell and yet the answer is none. There is nothing you and I could do. It is him who owns that decides everything.

The other classes of lands did not bring forth fruit or was not able to grow because God did not work in them. Why? He could just make it possible. He is God after all. He can do anything. But then, he has his chosen ones. He has his favored people. Those three other were not chosen by God. They did not belong to his chosen race. They were not his sheep. “His sheep hears his voice.” He even said, “Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, immutable and eternal. He is all-knowing, ever present, all-powerful, and unchanging, our God forever and ever. He knows all things. He determines all things. He can do all things because after all, he is God, right? He is the creator of all things and “For by him, and through him and to him are all things to whom be glory forever. Amen”

 

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