John 1:1-5 In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself.
2 He was present originally with God.
3 All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being.
4 In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men.
5 And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]. AMP
This morning I was listening to the song Breath of Heaven sung by Amy Grant. There is a phrase in there that says… chosen me now to carry your son, I am waiting in silent prayer; I am frightened by the load I bear in a world as cold as stone…
Mary held the baby Jesus in her own body, her womb. This song imagines how she might have felt with the enormity of her chosen task. We see it now from this side of the event, and we can feel the weightiness of it for her.
Then something occurred to me. Jesus was and is the Word. As Christ’s followers, we have all been given a seed of the Word. A seed or seeds that we are called to nurture and allow to grow in us, just as Mary did Jesus.
As it comes to maturity in us we are called to give it to the world, just as Mary gave us Jesus. Not to diminish the task laid out for Mary, the mother of our Christ, but what if we felt the same weightiness for the Word which we carry inside?
What if when the seed is sown in us, we asked and sought for comprehension, so that the evil one cannot come and snatch it away from us? Matthew 13:19 see below
Or, what if when the seed is sown in us, we allow it to take root in us so that when affliction and trouble come; the word isn’t temporary in us but rooted deep in us to anchor us to the one who is faithful and just and keeps us? Matthew 13:20-21 see below
Or, what if when the seed is sown in us, we do not allow the cares of this life and the glamour and deceitfulness of riches to suffocate it out of us, causing us to bear no fruit? Matthew 13:22 see below
What if, like Mary, we determined to be good soil so that the seed sown in us and that is growing inside us grows to maturity, so we can sow seeds from its abundant bounty?
Let me challenge you today to feel the same weightiness of what has been sown inside of you as Mary did. Then to guard it and tend it, just as Mary also cared for our unborn Christ.
The world is waiting on our delivery. The world is crying out for deliverance. The world is crying out for a miracle. As Christ’s followers, we all have a calling to receive the word, nurture it, then spread its seed to those who need it.
I am not referring to opinions. We have way too many of those and have done enough damage by sowing those unnecessarily. I am talking about the Good News. I am talking about the revealed truth of the Word.
To withhold those seeds is just as cruel as withholding seeds of grain from the hungry. Will you feel the weight of the seeds of the Word that you carry within you and ask God your role in sowing that seed?
Matthew 13:19-23 19 While anyone is hearing the Word of the kingdom and does not grasp and comprehend it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the roadside.
20 As for what was sown on thin (rocky) soil, this is he who hears the Word and at once welcomes and accepts it with joy;
21 Yet it has no real root in him, but is temporary (inconstant, lasts but a little while); and when affliction or trouble or persecution comes on account of the Word, at once he is caused to stumble [he is repelled and begins to distrust and desert Him Whom he ought to trust and obey] and he falls away.
22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is he who hears the Word, but the cares of the world and the pleasure and delight and glamour and deceitfulness of riches choke and suffocate the Word, and it yields no fruit.
23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is he who hears the Word and grasps and comprehends it; he indeed bears fruit and yields in one case a hundred times as much as was sown, in another sixty times as much, and in another thirty.