Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Choked Up Heart or A Heart That Produces?

Matthew 13

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

The more we live a life embraced in total recovery, the more we desire and so it builds upon itself. Ever notice that as we become more in tune with the message of Jesus, the more we can see the pain and hardships that others are going through. And we have more compassion for those who are struggling?

That only can happen when we feel the love of Jesus and the forgiveness that he freely gives us. 

In the parable above, we see there are different "lives" that the seeds have. Some are fruitful and plenty and some do nothing. Do we open our eyes and ears to listen to God's message? If so, I venture to say you have the compassion and heart that I wrote about.

If not, ask yourself what is stopping you? Really think through the reasons that keep you from living that full life based upon the promise of Jesus. I want everyone to produce a life full and plentiful and not one choked up because we just couldn't hear and accept the Good News.