Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 13:3-9
As most of you may know that I recently started a position with KJCC teaching carpentry to young men who have made some choices that have had negative consequences in their lives. What a blessing this has been as in the last week two young men have come to me asking for prayer over their lives. Most of these young men have no guidance on the outside once released. I truly believe that they do not have much of a chance outside of a relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We as Christians are planters of the seed and the Lord is the one who waters these seeds. When the seed falls on good ground it produces fruit, when not on good ground it withers and dies. This is true of all of us if we do not continue to allow God to water the seeds that have been planted.
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
1 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’ Matthew 13:15
Somewhere, somehow, and sometime these two young men have heard from God and responded! I pray that the seed will grow into the beauty of our risen Savior and not the darkness and ugliness of the world. We also should have ears that hear and eyes to see the things which God has for us. When we focus on the things of the world we lose our focus on God and the seed that has been planted will be choked and not produce.
“Therefore hear the parable of the sower: When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”
May our fruit produce a hundredfold and Glorify God.
Have an amazing day!