Yesterday afternoon with a friend who has a big trailer, I was able to pick up Mary’s 26 HP mower from another friend who had straightened out a steering problem. I went to Exxon, filled it with gas, and by about three o’clock yesterday afternoon Mary was mowing our lawn.
“Should I mow all the way down the sides of the driveway to the road?” My initial response was, “Sure!” So Mary took off with the mower, but was finished far quicker than a mow all the way down both sides of our entrance would allow. Here’s a picture of why she stopped.
The field in front of our house will soon be covered with bluebonnets. In Texas these gorgeous wild flowers grow best in alkaline soil (Midlothian has three cement plants to validate we have tons of this kind of soil) and full sun. The seeds can be broadcast from September to early December and not much soil preparation is needed. Hard packed ground, however, won’t work. Texas birds eat the seeds and the Texas sun bakes even the hard bluebonnet seed dry. Rocky soil and thorny ground isn’t the best either. Jesus didn’t live in Texas, but He knew about seeds, ground, and the results you get from scattering the seed of God’s Word.
“This is the meaning of the parable. The seed is the Word of God. Those along the path represent those who hear, then the devil comes and takes away the Word from their heart. The result is that they don’t believe so they miss the opportunity to be saved. The seed that fell upon the rock represents those who hear and joyfully receive the Word. The problem is that they have no root. They believe for a while but then in the time of testing they fall away. Now those that fell among the thorns—they represent those who after hearing the Word have it choked out by the worries, riches, and pleasures of this life. They do not produce fruit to maturity. But there is seed that falls upon good soil. These are those with praiseworthy and good hearts. When they hear the Word, they hold fast and bear fruit with endurance.” Luke 8:11-15
There is not one bluebonnet growing down our long, hard packed, gravel driveway. This urges me to pray that as I scatter the seed of God’s Word, the Lord Jesus will lead me to some good, receptive ground.
LORD, I think that those who quickly respond with enthusiasm but then quickly fall away, and those who get all tangled up in the thorns of materialism discourage me the most. Thanks for laying out in this parable exactly the kinds of responses I should expect. Thanks for the frequent encouragement from many who did receive Your Word when we taught, and they continue to bear good fruit.
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