November 25, 2011
On Wednesday I talked about the word disobedient and how that word means ‘unpersuaded’ and ties in closely with the word ‘repent’ which means to change your mind.
I’ve seen for years people rooted and grounded in a belief that they would refuse to give up on or even listen to or consider another thought. They read their bible’s with that close minded attitude and what they read is colored by that ideology. They read as a lawyer looks for presidents to back up his case not to find the truth behind the law.
I’m not sure at what point a Christian mind becomes so closed that it refuses to accept anything new. As a people we would all certainly agree that no one knows it all and that we all continue to learn until we die. So why then do we reach a point of refusal to listen and to learn in regards to the bible and God? There is picking and choosing and tossing aside. But just how do you know that what you are tossing aside isn’t a critical truth that God himself wants you to know?
Do you toss it aside because it was never taught in your church? Do you toss it aside because your pastor said to? Do you toss it aside because it makes you feel uncomfortable? Do you toss it aside because it is such a new concept that you just can’t get your mind around it?
Nevertheless at some point you make the decision to toss it aside. But what if, just what if, it was from God and it was something that He wanted you to know that would change your life forever?
For years I’ve read the parable of the sower. It is in 3 of the 4 gospels which tells me it must be a very important principle for us to learn. I’ve heard dozens of teachings and sermons on this parable through the years. But most have been about whether we are the path or in the thorns. We try to evaluate ourselves to see which example most describes us. We all hopefully want to be good ground or soil. I wrote on this parable in the blog Good Ground. To read Mark 4:1-12 CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL CONTEXT
We should all desire to be good soil for the gospel. But just what constitutes good soil? I began to read every account of this parable and Jesus’ explanation in every translation that I could find. I want to share with you Mark 4:20 where Jesus explains the parable to the disciples. The translation is from the New International Version but many versions have almost the exact same wording.
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 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. 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.” All emphasis mine. CLICK HERE TO READ IN FULL CONTEXT