Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:10-23, Luke 8:9-18, Mark 4:21-29, Matthew 13:24-30, Mark 4:30-34, Matthew 13:31-52, Mark 4:35-41, Matthew 8:23-27, Luke 8:22-25
Are you struggling to grow in your knowledge of God?
Are you having difficulty developing a relationship with Him?
When I read the parable of the sower in today’s reading I saw something I have not seen before. Classically we think of this parable as an explanation of how the message of Christ is received in the hearts of unbelievers, but as I read it today I thought about something else.
Could this parable apply to people who have accepted Christ as their Savior and are attempting to read His Word, develop spiritual disciplines, and grow in their relationship with their Savior?
Think about the times you spend reading the word; do any of the following scenarios describe those times? (Matthew 13:18-23)
- You read a passage but don’t understand it (Matthew 13:19)
- You read it, understand it, but have difficulty applying it to your life (Matthew 13:20-21)
- You read it, understand it, but it is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth (Matthew 13:22)
- You read it, understand it and share the good news of Christ with others (Matthew 13:23)
I can relate to each of these scenarios. Sometimes when I attempt to read my Bible it seems like words on a page and other times those same words come alive and I get so excited and can’t wait to share them with others.
Why does this happen?
Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. (Matthew 13:18-19 NIV Emphasis mine)
What do we do about it?
- We pray before we begin reading and ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, speak to us and remind us of the things we’ve learned**
- We become sensitive to the thoughts going on in our minds and recognize when “the evil one” is trying to distract us from hearing, understanding, and sharing God’s Word***
- We literally take our thoughts captive and force them to align with the Word of God***
- We read God’s Word expecting Him to teach us
**But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. –John 14:26
***For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. –2 Corinthians 10:3-5
Heavenly Father, our desire is to know You more. We know we have an enemy who doesn’t want that to happen. Teach us how to take our thoughts captive and force them to align with Your Word. Teach us Your ways, illuminate Your Word, and stir us up so we will share it with others.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2012 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-20, Matthew 8:28-34, Luke 8:26-39, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Luke 8:40-56