July 11, 2011

Matthew 13:23-“The seed cast on good earth is the person who hears and takes in the News, and then produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” (The Message Bible)
You need to read most of Matthew 13 to get the whole story Jesus is telling here about a farmer who spread out his seed and the various things that kept it from growing. It is tempting to focus on that aspect of the story; all the things that go wrong that keep our life with God from being what is might be and should be. But the punch line of the story is the verse above where the “News” takes root and “produces a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.” In a world of super-hyped advertising, we are conditioned to be skeptical of the claims that bombard us promising the newest and the flashiest and the best. They pander to our desire for comfort and recognition and security. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber wrote a song for their show Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat entitled “Any Dream Will Do.” Maybe that just isn’t so. Maybe it is the dreams of the other farmers that keep them from growing what God would plant. Maybe Peterson got it right by using the phrase “beyond his wildest dreams” because it’s our dreams (desires, hopes, core aspirations) that the “News” Jesus speaks and lives transforms. Maybe the harvest is not just a matter of producing more of the same old, same old, but of transforming our idea of what life is all about, life where God is a daily reality and not just necessary concept. If we really believed God wanted to produce in and through us a harvest beyond our wildest dreams would we truly want it? Or are we too busy clinging to dreams that are all about us and not much about God? Any dream will do. Really?
Don

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