“The sower sows the Word. The ones along the path are those who have the Word sown [in their hearts], but when they hear, Satan comes at once and [by force] takes away the message which is sown in them. And in the same way the ones sown upon stony ground are those who, when they hear the Word, at once receive and accept and welcome it with joy; And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away. And the ones sown among the thorns are others who hear the Word; 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.” Mark 4:14-19 AMP
This is very discriptive of so many Christians today. They go to church each Sunday, live their lives from Monday through Saturday, come back to church on Sunday. They spend no personal time in fellowship with the Lord, expect to be fed a good meal on Sunday and heaven help them if the Pastor doesn’t deliver! If we like what we hear, we cheer, hoot and hollar, but spend no time preparing our hearts for that Word so that what is sown will fall on good ground, take root and grow.
Wonder what would happen if the farmer didn’t prepare his fields, no plowing, no tilling, just slap some fertilizer on it, throw some seed on it and see what happens. Let me say this….EPIC FAIL! Any farmer knows that there must be preparation before you plant. Even after, you must till it, water it and care for it.
We want it fast and easy. We’d rather go to the church and buy it with our tithes. We’d rather ask someone else for the answers instead of searching ourselves. Heaven help us if we must fight the good fight of faith and stand and believe even when we don’t see it right away. Did God say it would be done on our time schedule? I think not!
“Make no mistake about it, God will never be mocked! For what you plant will always be the very thing you harvest. The harvest you reap reveals the seed that was planted. If you plant the corrupt seeds of self – life into this natural realm, you can expect to experience a harvest of corruption. If you plant the good seeds[a] of Spirit-life you will reap the beautiful fruits that grow from the everlasting life of the Spirit.” Galatians 6:7-8
Faithful Father, I long for the deep things, the hidden things, the things only You can reveal to me. Help me to sow good seed on a field that’s ready to receive it. I want to be productive in Your Kingdom in all I do and say. May I patiently wait for the harvest. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen.