Tuesday, September 20, 2011

This week I have been reading Jesus' parables in the Gospels.  One of my favorite parables is that of the farmer scattering seeds.

“'A farmer went out to sow his seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.'” Mark 4:3-8

What exactly does this mean?  After all, I am not a farmer and I would imagine that the majority of you are not either.  So what does it mean for us?  Jesus explains.

“'Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  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.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  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. 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.  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.” Matthew 13:18-23

The one that always strikes me is the seed that falls among the thorns.  Jesus describes this as someone who hears the Word, but the worries of life and deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word.  We can say that is not us.  We hear the Word and apply it.  We understand it. 

But when unexpected bills come, do we really deep down worry just a tiny bit?  We are being choked.  When someone close to us experiences health problems do we worry and fear for them?  We are being choked.  When our marriage is on the rocks do we fear that it has come to an end or we are no longer loved or have any worth?  We are being choked.  Life will not always be roses, but we can always rest in Him.  We can still find joy in Him. 

I want to be that fertile ground.  When I hear God, see God and experience God, I want to be ready and willing to accept Him.  Ready to dig deeper and let Him grow in me.  Am I always this, no.  But I desire to be. 

Father, help me not to be choked by the stresses of life.  Help me to remember that You are always there and will never leave me.  Help me to be that fertile ground, readying and waiting for You.  Amen. 

Sweet Blessings~

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  1. Hi Jenifer - thanks for this eye-opener. It is so true that the worries of life choke us. I pray too, not to be choked by the things of this world but to rise above them in Christ Jesus.
    God bless

  2. Great encouragement! I think we need to be careful that we don't assume any scripture isn't for us. We can and should apply ALL of God's Word to our lives. I don't want to let anything choke His Truth from my heart.

  3. can't they though? choke out life..how I pray..long for the strength to focus on Him today and shrug off all of the worry today..giving it to Him each and everytime.

  4. Praying this prayer with you, Jenifer. I want my eyes to remain on Him even when thorns begin to crop up in my life.

  5. Wow this a wonderful reminder today. I am totally dealing with this one "Jesus describes this as someone who hears the Word, but the worries of life and deceitfulness of wealth choke the Word." The "to-dos" of the day sometimes suffocate the Word that is buried deep within my heart. I needed to be reminded of this parable today!:) Hugs

  6. Thank you. As I am just delving into scripture and trying to learn what the words mean and how they apply to me you remind me that often those that seem to mean nothing to me mean very much. I do not want to be choked, I need to continue praying that he helps me learn and believe that I can rest in him and let go of the worries.

  7. AMEN! I want to be the fertile ground as well!

  8. Jenifer,

    What wonderful encouragement today, I admit I am a worrier, I don't like being a worrier, and I wish I wasn't one, I needed to hear these truths today, to give it to God and stop worrying so much.

    Blessings to you Jenifer.

  9. I loved the "choked" part that you focused on in this post. It is so true that our worries and fear can literally choke the life out of us. Thank you for the reminder that He brings His life and protection so that we do not have to spend time worrying.

  10. Thank you for convicting me with the realization that stresses are the thorns that choke the seeds of God.


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