Tuesday 14 August, 2018

Matthew 13:18-23

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 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. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

I so appreciate this parable, it reminds me again of the significance of the Word and inspires me not to take it for granted.

How cool that God has seeds and He is scattering them across the ground, it reminds me that God is active in the world and wants to bring life. What a helpful metaphor, God’s Word is like those seeds, each verse is a tiny package with expansive and reproductive life potential. God partners with His people across the globe to scatter tiny packages of expansive and reproductive life potential. What about John 3:16, ‘For God so loved the world that whoever believes in Him will not die but have eternal life’. A tiny package of one sentence, but what potential for life and freedom is in that one verse!

God, forgive me for underestimating or dismissing your Word. Please help me to have a heart of good soil, that I would receive the seed of your Word and that it would bear much fruit in my life. Amen.

Written by Bethany Waugh

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