Thursday 17 October, 2019

Luke 8:4-18

4 While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: 5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 9 His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that, “‘though seeing, they may not see; though hearing, they may not understand.’ 11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. 16 “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. 17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. 18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they think they have will be taken from them.”

I wonder when reading this passage if there are times in our lives when we have lived with shallow hearing, struggling to find roots for the word of God in our lives, or our lack of maturity have limited our understanding of God.  These are the three things where the Word of God does not bring fruit in our lives.

We are called to bear fruit.

We bear fruit when we keep our hearts right, we HEAR the word of God, we retain it and we persevere through the hard times.

There are times when we feel like giving up, but we have to become people who develop a strength of character and perseverance.

Gold and silver are refined in a fire; swords and equipment are forged in the fire.  Sometimes the fire is not comfortable, but it is where our character is forged for the things in our future.

Lord help me to become who you want me to be.  Help me not to resist your leading and allow your Spirit to speak to me and strengthen me during times of trial.

Written by Ps. Sue Botta

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