Devotions for August 14, 2017

MATHEW 13:18-23

18 “Now listen to the explanation of the parable about the farmer planting seeds: 19 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it. Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts. 20 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 21 But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. 22 The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. 23 The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

TENDING YOUR SOIL

It’s amazing how fast weeds can overtake a flower-bed or a lawn when ignored; while on the other hand, how beautiful a garden can grow when carefully tended to and protected.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why did Jesus pick images like seeds, soil, weeds, and fruit for this parable? How does it parallel a Christian’s walk?
Q: How are you tending to your soil? Are there any weeds you are turning a blind-eye to?
Q: Picture your life and testimony as a garden: is fruit blooming for the kingdom so others can feast on the Gospel from you?

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