Today’s Scripture: Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. John 4:35-36

No one knew dirt better than the ground inspector. She could tell you why your tulips were growing well, and she could tell you why your daffodils were wilting. She knew the best fertilizer to use, and she knew how to find the best quality soil for planting. Everyone came to her for advice on gardening, and she didn’t hesitate to share her wisdom.One day, a sower planted his seeds in a field near the inspector’s house. The inspector offered to help the sower by taking samples of the soil, but the sower refused. The sower didn’t seem to care where the seed fell. He just wanted to cover the entire area.

Minutes after the sower had started planting, birds came and started eating everything in sight. The inspector looked on and thought to herself, He’s doing it all wrong! Doesn’t he know any better than to plant in the middle of the day?

A few weeks passed, and some of the other seeds sprouted up. These seeds had fallen in a rocky area. As soon as they grew, they withered in the sun’s heat. The inspector thought to herself, I saw it coming.

Some of the seeds fell in a patch of thorns. The inspector knew these seeds didn’t have a chance from the beginning. As soon as they started growing, the thorns choked them to death. The inspector said, “What a fool! At this rate, he won’t have anything to show for his crop.”

But some of the seed fell on good ground. In time, these seeds produced up to 100 times more than what had been planted. The ground inspector was amazed. The sower knew what he was doing after all.

When it comes to the gospel, God didn’t make us ground inspectors; He made us sowers. He doesn’t want us only to plant the seed in areas where the soil is “good”; He wants us to plant the seed everywhere. Everyone needs to hear the good news, regardless of their skin color, culture, personality, or social status. It isn’t our job to judge who is qualified to receive the message. Let’s concentrate on sowing the seed, and God will take care of the harvest.


Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder