What happens when YOU hear the word of God?

“Closer” Day 10 – What kind of soil are you?

Today’s Reading: Mark 4:1-20

Reflection Verses:

18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

I love the parables that Jesus uses to give us insight into His Kingdom. This one is one of my favorites and always challenges me to look deep inside to see where His word (seed) is falling in my heart. The focus today is on the third and fourth types of hearers (soil) of the word of God.

We all want to be the fourth type that hears the word and produce crop. However, in today’s world, many of us are the third type. This third type of person is described as having a desire for money things. This desire can also look like being distracted by the pursuit of money (work) and resting in the comfort that money brings (leisure). Although work and rest are necessary, we often place them before the things of God, and thus, we tend to be unfruitful. Comfortable, but unfruitful.

What separates the third seed from the fourth seed is faith. Romans 10:17 tells us that faith comes from hearing the word of God. When the word of God lands on good soil, when our hearts fully receive it and we ACT on it, God uses the little faith that we bring to the table and multiplies the results beyond our imagination because He is God.

God wants to use you to do great things for His kingdom. But it requires you to act in faith on what you hear. This act of faith is often uncomfortable. God calls us to serve others (Galatians 5:13), participate in the body of the church (1 Corinthians 12:12-21), show up when the church gathers (Hebrews 10:25), give sacrificially (2 Corinthians 9:6-8), and all of it is uncomfortable. There’s always the idea that there’s something better or more important that we need to do with our time, talents, and money. However, Jesus promises an abundant harvest to those who trust Him (v20).

Reflect:

What kind of soil are you?

It what ways are you acting in faith for the sake of the kingdom?

What has God called you to do that you are putting off because it seems too difficult or uncomfortable?

Prayer:  Lord, help me to trust you. Help me to and act in faith when you speak. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

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