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Mark 4:13-20

February 10, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Then Jesus said to them, “If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? 14 The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. 15 The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away. 16 The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. 17 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.18 The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, 19 but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. 20 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!”  v. 13-20 (NLT)

We all respond to Truth differently.  In this passage Jesus uses a word picture of a farmer planting seed to help explain what takes place in peoples heart when they hear the Gospel.  The way we respond is an indication of what type of heart we have when we hear that truth.

  • The footpath = a HARD HEART
    Sometimes we hear truth and before it can penetrate our heart we move on to something else. However, sometimes we hear the truth and reject it completely.  Either way, we have made a choice to not respond to the truth and allow it to begin it to take root in our heart.
  • The rocky soil = a SHALLOW HEART
    Sometimes we respond to the truth with much excitement, but then lose that excitement when things get difficult or the newness begins to wear off.  We lack the discipline of taking care of that truth that has been planted in our heart.
  • The thorny soil = a CROWDED HEART
    Sometimes we respond to the truth excitement, develop some disciplines to take care of the truth, but when it comes time for others to see the truth that we have, we let their opinions or our fear keep that truth trapped inside us.  When we do this, we let other things crowd out the truth and keeps that truth from producing fruit and naturally planting more seed around us.
  • The good soil = a SOFT HEART
    Sometimes we respond to the truth with excitement, develop some disciplines to take care of the truth, share that truth with others around us, and then we get to see that truth begin to take root in another persons life. When we do this, we allow God to use us in a powerful way!

Notice that all of these soils/hearts had the same seed/truth given to them.  The difference was how they responded to that truth.

Today, how do you respond to truth? I don’t know about you, but I want to have a soft heart that allows others to see the truth and then experience it themselves.  Will you join me?

Prayer: Father, I want to have a soft heart and receive the truth in away that it changes me and has the opportunity to change the lives of the people around me.  Help me to have a disciplined life that protects and allows that that truth to be deeply rooted in my heart.  Help me to not let fear, or the crowd around me keep me from sharing the truth that I have received.

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