“Hear then the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the Word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and it proves unfruitful. As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
You say you heard God’s Word but how you treasure it in your life proves where you are planted. This passage in the Bible convicts me so much. It proves that the narrow road is only traveled by few people.
Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easythat leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. –Matthew 7:13-14
Many from us who are professing Christians are contented in doing the normal response a believer is expected to do. Some of us go to church, give tithes and do good things without even having so much desire of seeking God every step of the way.
Our love for God should give us this great longing to seek Him more and more thru His Word. Our eyes should be completely fixed in Him because He is the ultimate perfecter of faith (Heb.12:2), but some of us are still compelled by the world. They know and believe that God exists but they easily get tired in their battles of keeping their faith. Many from us still seek the pleasure that this world gives, and eventually worry what will happen in their lives in the process.
Some of us still cares so much what this world can give them. They are those who love to convince themselves that they are awesome and they can do great things because the world opens doors of opportunities to be great. Pride is still hanging on their shoulders, and taking them to great weights of burden.
Let’s always remember that if we are truly followers of Christ, the first step is to deny ourselves (Matthew 16:24). There is no room for selfishness in this lowly walk of chosen ones. We are to deny ourselves and denying means to let go of what your flesh desires and saying yes to what God wants to happen in your life.
Many from us also hate God during hard times. They are those who don’t see the bright side of everything. Arguing with God about what happens in your life doesn’t make any sense. A slave should not question the plans of his Master. We are obliged to obey God with joyful hearts. We are to embrace trials and persecution because they will shape our faith in Him. Don’t consider trials as God’s punishments. You have to stand and lift your hands to God and consider how you are going to benefit from your trials.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. –James 1:2-4
The most helpless among these planted seeds are those who hear God’s Word and doesn’t understand it. The book of Proverbs teaches us to seek wisdom from the LORD. We don’t have the capacity to know things about Him if He will not give us the wisdom that can comprehend the greater things a worldly mind can never understand. God’s Word can only convict those who earnestly seek Him; those who search for wisdom and knowledge. We are encouraged to treat wisdom as our sister and common sense as our closest friend (Proverbs 7:4). A true follower of Christ lacks no good thing (Psalm 34:10), and that includes the benefit of treasuring wisdom.
Treasure up my commandments with you; Making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints. -Proverbs 2:1-8
Blessed are those who are planted on good soil for they are those who seek Him. They will bear more fruits and yields because they treasure God’s Word more than anything else. They are like the builders who built their houses in a solid rock (Matthew 7:24-27). Whatever life may bring them, they will still be standing in faith because they rest their houses on a strong foundation.
Let God’s Word fill your thoughts. Don’t just choose the Words you want to hear, but accept everything that will shape you in your journey with the LORD. Never ever depart from sound doctrine.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. -2 Timothy 4:3-4
Check your lives. Let the LORD show you what are the things you still need to surrender. Don’t let the evil one snatch away what has been sown in your hearts. Treasure His Word every day of your life. Meditate on it day and night (Joshua 1:8). And let’s sing with David what his heart cries:
How sweet are your Words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!-Psalm 119:103
God bless you, reader!