Years ago a seminary professor wove a gripping modern version of Jesus’ parable of the treasure found hidden in a field.  In his version, a metal-detecting hobbyist from the big city stops at what appears to be an old ball field in the foothills.  When his metal detector screeches over a large object in the ground, he digs to discover a very large buried trunk.  After an hour of working dirt away from the lid, what he sees when he opens it takes his breath away.  In my seminary professor’s version, the city-slicker  covers it quickly with his mind racing how he can make the field and the treasure his own.  Scanning, he sees a wisp of smoke coming from an old cabin on the hill above him, and with pounding heart approaches the door and knocks.  When a white-haired mountain man opens the door, he and the treasure-finder have a discussion about the little abandoned ball field down near the road.

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The parable of the soils is repeated by Matthew, Mark, and Luke – one of seven recorded parables picked up by all three writers.  It is also unique in that, while most parables are simple stories with one central point and few details, Jesus makes this parable an allegory, giving significance to each detail.  In essence, the Sower (God) sows the seed (the Gospel) in the hearts (soil) of people, and gets four kinds of responses – seed swiped by Satan, seedlings withered by weather, plants chocked out by cares, or a bumper-crop harvest.

Get a bunch of people who follow Jesus in a room to unpack this parable, the central topic of discussion will quickly become, ‘How many of these people are ‘saved?’  In other words, what kind of a response can a person have to the Gospel God sows and still get through the Pearl Gates of Heaven?

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When we become a follower of Jesus, is it more like getting an upgrade on life or is it more switching operating systems completely?  That’s an important question to answer.  If we were really honest, most of us talk as if is a whole new operating system and live as if it is simply a life upgrade.

We talk new operating system because we can’t get away from a number of passages that meddle with our normal lives. 

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