As mentioned a couple of days ago I am attempting a couple of trial posts to see if the Den should remain open.
Today’s post is a brief devotional. Enjoy…
Mark 4:16 “In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; 17 and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.
When Jesus told his disciples the parable of the sower he was teaching them about people. While it is true that there are rich lessons to be said about the seed = word analogy, it seems the the primary point of the parable is to explain how people respond to the seed/word.
The stony people- The ones that don’t have root. It seems the agricultural analogy that Jesus is telling us about is the part of us that takes in the nutrients necessary for growth.
Some people, stony people, have either shallow roots or no roots at all. And they could possibly be the happiest people in your church. Now this isn’t to say that the contemplative and the cantankerous must by default have deep roots, it’s simply to say that a person’s happiness is not a true indication of their relationship with God.
What is a true indication?
The stony times-
Luke calls it the “time of temptation” (Luke 8:13). Other translations refer to “affliction”, “persecution” and “trouble”. It’s those stony times where things are not going well. Not only are they not going well, but they aren’t going well on account of the word! It’s in those times when we see if the seed/word is really doing it’s work inside of us.
Are you going through times of temptation? Trouble? Affliction?
First of all you need to determine if you are going through those times because of your own wrong doing, or on account of the word. If it’s the former then you deserve it! If it’s the latter than… you still deserve it! But if you have root you will endure it. If you don’t have root, than return to the sower. Return to him who died for your sins. Return to him whose death was described like a seed going into the ground being buried, but whose resurrection life is seen as a flourishing tree that brings forth more and more life.