This is a series of posts…
- “Nothing will be impossible for you” – Jesus Christ (October 2011)
- Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you HAVE received it (October 2011)
- How does faith work? (Nov 2006)
- Not by might nor by power but by my Spirit (Zech 4:6)
- The Kingdom of God grows – its a process
- In The parable of the sower we have to persist until we bear fruit
- In The parable of the lamp on a stand we will get what we ASK for
Mark 4: 13-20 (NLT)
Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable?
Ouch. Jesus is saying something tough here. Apparently this parable can hep us understand the others? Cool! 😀
The farmer sows the word.
The farmer I talked about is the one who brings God’s message to others.
Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
Ok, that sounds like the vast majority of people.
Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
Trouble and difficulties can cause some to fall away. But we must persist beyond this.
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
We can be christians and as we walk with God we get blessed and we get restored and we develop interests, get cable tv and more – and we don’t bear fruit.
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
But we should push on beyond that – and keep persisting until we bear fruit.
I like the way the AMP puts v19
Then the cares and anxieties of the world and distractions of the age, and the pleasure and delight and false glamour and deceitfulness of riches, and the craving and passionate desire for other things creep in and choke and suffocate the Word, and it becomes fruitless.
These words (craving, passionate desire) indicate extremes – like an idolatry of the things around us.
God wants us to have balance, to enjoy our partners and to enjoy life. There is a reason why the fruit is joy and love: they are good things.
I was once watering my plants and enjoying it. I had been sad for a long time (many years) and I had come to expect life to be hard – and even to think God made it hard, as if it would always be hard. I almost felt guilty for the enjoyment. I asked God “how can this be ok?” and He replied “just don’t make it into idolatry”
You can and must enjoy your life. Enjoy sports. Enjoy food. Don’t turn these things into idolatry.
Please share this post with someone who is searching, or someone who needs to see their life and their potential in a whole new light – as an overcoming victory through Jesus Christ. May God bless you – and I look forward to reading your comments and replying to them!