Jesus often communicated with parables. These were stories that related the point He was trying to get across to common things that the people of the day would understand.
Jesus was followed mainly by the common people of His day. So, many of His parables talk about things they (and we) would understand. Family. Land. Word. Stuff that nearly every human deals with.
Today’s reading is one that I’m sure we’ve all heard many times, from Matthew 13: 3-9. Listen to what happens.
And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”
In this parable, the farmer (God) throws out the seed (His Word) and some ground is receptive to it, and the seed gives fruit. And the rest of the ground, it’s either receptive at first and then dies away, or it is not all receptive.
Every time I read this story, the question goes through my mind. What kind of dirt will I be today?
Will I be good dirt? Or will I be the kind of dirt that rejects what God wants to do in my life today?
Today, God will reach out to you. It may be through this devotional. It may be through your own reading. It may be through the words of a co-worker or a family member. It may be through a song you hear on the radio.
God will reach out to you. He will fling His word into your life in some way today.
What type of dirt will you be?
Will you be good dirt that receptive to what God is trying to do?
Or will you be dirt that goes through the motion? Or will you be dirt that out-and-out rejects what God wants to say and wants to do.
God wants to speak to you today. He wants to give you His word.
What type of word will you be?
May we each be good dirt.
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