The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. Mark 4:14 NLT
I was listening to a message the other day when this verse was used in correlation with the things we’ve become so accustomed to, that we’ve accepted it into our way of life. It’s become resistant to the seed of the Word and so we just don’t bring it up anymore.
Everyone has a footpath. It’s an area that’s been walked on by so many people that nothing grows on it anymore. It could be just a shortcut through your yard that after awhile, there’s no grass there.
When I was in elementary school, we would take a similar path to school through the woods. It would wind around the trees but I could always find it because it was hard. Even in the summer when all the leaves were on the trees and it was hard to see my destination, I could always find that path.
What area of your life has become a hard footpath for you? What is it that’s been a part of your life and you just don’t even bother going to God about it because it’s just who you are?
For me it’s probably allergies. I was born with them and though most have gone, some stubbornly hang on like they have the right. I’ve just tolerated them because after all, it’s just a part of my life. But what if I worked the Word into that hard path until it began to take the seed and begin to grow into something? What if I tilled the soil of my heart, spread some fertilizer, put up a fence to keep out foot traffic? What would happen to that hard footpath?
Verse 20 sums it up; “And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Father, I bring to You my hard heart and ask You to make it pliable again. I want to walk in every promise in Your Word, not just some of them. I don’t want to tolerate any kind of sickness or disease in my body when You paid the price for healing. You are well able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all I can ask or even imagine according to Your power that works in me. Spirit of God, I invite You to transform my hard footpath into pliable soil so that Your Word will continue to produce fruit in me. It’s in Jesus’ name, Amen