July 12, 2020 Daily Devotion

The reading for today is Matthew 13:3-9 NIV

Then Jesus told them many things in parables, saying:” 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. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Have you ever thought of this parable in relation to your own life? The sower at the time of the parable was Jesus and His followers, but today could be Pastors, Sunday School teachers, parents, relatives, neighbors or friends. The seed being sown is the message of the kingdom of God. Every person on earth is represented by the different types of ground. I can see times in my life when I have probably been about every type of ground that Jesus mentions. I was fortunate to have strong Christian parents to give me roots, but sometimes I would say I was a bit rocky in my beliefs and understanding.

Sometimes I would get fired-up and gung-ho in my pursuit of Christ, reading my Bible, doing studies to further my understanding, etc., only to later get distracted by other things going on around me and it would be like I had wilted. I can truthfully say that my belief in the Kingdom of God has always remained, but like the seeds that fell among the thorns, I wasn’t necessarily producing any fruit. My favorite ground to be is the good soil, whereby my actions and interactions with others I am helping to produce a good crop of believers. If you think about it, at this stage the good soil becomes the sower, planting the seeds of the Kingdom. We can only pray they fall on good soil! Like Jesus says in the above verse, “Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for the many people You have put in our lives to help us learn about You. May we in turn be teachers of Your Love to others. Amen

Kris Messmer kmmessmer@charter.net

Prayer Concern: For the needs of our spiritual leaders.

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