Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What Kind of Sower are You?

Mark 4:3-8
3 “Listen! Consider the sower who went out to sow. 4 As he sowed, this occurred: Some seed fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Other seed fell on rocky ground where it didn’t have much soil, and it sprang up right away, since it didn’t have deep soil. 6 When the sun came up, it was scorched, and since it didn’t have a root, it withered. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it didn’t produce a crop. 8 Still others fell on good ground and produced a crop that increased 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.”

Jesus' explanation of this parable:
Mark 4:14-20
14 The sower sows the word. 15 These are the ones along the path where the word is sown: when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, immediately they receive it with joy. 17 But they have no root in themselves; they are short-lived. When pressure or persecution comes because of the word, they immediately stumble. 18 Others are sown among thorns; these are the ones who hear the word, 19 but the worries of this age, the seduction of wealth, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 But the ones sown on good ground are those who hear the word, welcome it, and produce a crop: 30, 60, and 100 times what was sown.”

As I read these words I wonder which sower am I, which sower are you?

The sower that hears the Word and satan comes and steals it from you?

Or the sower who receives the Word with joy but you have no roots - it is short lived inside you?

Or are you the sower whose seed land among the thorns, your worries and money dominate over the Word that lives within you?

Or are you the sower that recieves the Word of God from where ever it comes, welcomes it, and realizes the gift that has been given unto you?

I see myself in each one of these sower... My greatest desire is to see myself in only the last one.
The one that welcomes the Word, and realizes the gift that has been given and is ready to reap a harvest...

Dear Saints, Sisters- we have one life, one walk with Christ... How are we sewing?

May this speak to you as it has me...


Saturday, April 9, 2011

Family Betrayal

Mark 3:21 When His family heard this, they set out to restrain Him, because they said, “He’s out of His mind.”

I am having a hard time understanding why Mary would do this to her Son? She knew how she conceived Him and knew who He was? Why would she say He is "out of his mind"?

Families, the ones in your life you are suppose to be able to rely on. The ones who are suppose to be the most encouraging,and have the most faith in you are the ones that cause you greatest disappointment.

I wonder how Jesus felt knowing this how His family felt and thought of Him? Betrayed, as we do or would?

How many of you have felt that same kind betrayal from your family?

What was Jesus' answer to that betrayal?

Mark 3:33-35
33 He replied to them, “Who are My mother and My brothers?” 34 And looking about at those who were sitting in a circle around Him, He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 Whoever does the will of God is My brother and sister and mother.”

It is hard for us to understand why our family would not love us unconditionally, as Christ would. It is hard to understand why they wouldnot be encouraging. Sometimes the pain is to great to bare. The wonderful thing about Christ is He does understand and has walked the path before us and has endured to show us just how to endure.

Here He reminds us that is our family will not be encouraging, loving, you find love and encouragement through the body of Christ.

Be encourage Saints and Sisters knowing our Savior walks before us


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