Wednesday, July 22, 2015
And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it.
Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.
But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.
And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop.
But the other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred."
And He said to them, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" Mark 4:3-9
I saw this picture today and it made me think about the parable of the sower. The sower goes out to sow seed and as we all know that seed is the word. The word is the thing that we as believers can place our expectation/faith in. The good ground yielded a 'crop' because they didn't let the birds of the air, the scorching sun, and or the thorns be the deciding factors it its ability to grow.
The truth is the word of God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. It doesn't change. The seed will always do what it is meant to do. Grow a crop. The soil on the other hand ...? It can be ...? We, as His disciples can be good soil and give the word a place to grow a crop in our life or we can let it fall by the wayside, be scorched and let it wither away, or even just let it get choked as we turn our focus onto other things. We determine what soil we are. We can choose to have 'great expectations' from His word, planted in our hearts. We can choose, like Abraham, to understand that 'He who promised is also able to perform' His word in our lives. Romans 4:5
The thing is ...good soil is the person who has this promise in their heart: "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." Isaiah 55:11 Good soil yields an amazing crop because they let the seed/word do its thing/grow in their lives. Their 'great expectation' yields an amazing crop because they trust that the word will do what it says it will!