Wednesday Word 7.15.2020

Matt 13:18-23 New International Version

18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

I have never been much of a gardener. As a child, we grew a small garden behind our property on my Godparents’ land. My grandparents planted three acres they owned behind their home. Aunts, uncles and assorted cousins pitched in throughout the growing season. While I was never fond of hoeing and picking, I was very happy to enjoy the bounty. As an adult, the only harvest I enjoy these days is obtained by credit card.

Perhaps, it is easy to assume that the hard work of cultivating a fruitful relationship with God can be done just as easily as my ClickList brings fruits to my door. If we check the right boxes, we will get our order fulfilled. That is far from the case. In order to bear the kind of fruit that God wants to see from each and every one of us, we must become that good soil that Jesus described. And, like my Grandma’s garden, that takes care. We must nurture that good seed and put in the hard work; watering and feeding with the Holy Word, pruning away the weeds and growing closer to our Savior every day. What kind of harvest will you reap?…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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