This was the title of a hit song from about fifty years ago. Sung by a British singer with a cockney accent, it was the lament of a young Australian Aborigine who couldn’t get his boomerang to come back to him. It was the type of politically incorrect, culturally insensitive song that would never be heard today.( Misogynist rap songs appear to be acceptable, though.) At the end of the song the boy is told, “If you want your boomerang to come back, first you’ve got to throw it!”
I wonder if that isn’t the problem with a lot of our attempts at Christian evangelism. God has promised: “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). We say we believe that to be true, so we go through all the motions of evangelism, of throwing our boomerang, but we can’t seem to bring ourselves to let go of it. Thus there are great swaths of people around us who are completely untouched by the gospel.
In Jesus’ parable, the sower went out and threw the seed away with reckless abandon. Most of it brought no return at all, but some of it did bring abundant, astounding returns. Isn’t that what we should be doing? If we target only those who we are most comfortable talking to, we might meet a lot of quite decent people who are quite well satisfied with their life the way it is.
The disciples never expected a harvest for the gospel in Samaria, but that’s where they were when Jesus told them to lift up their eyes and see the fields ripe for harvest. And here were the people of Sychar coming out to hear Jesus and prepared to believe Him because of the testimony of the woman He had met at the well.
He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6)
Blessed are ye that sow beside all waters. (Isaiah 32:20)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)