The parable I mentioned yesterday is in Matthew 13:3-9. You may look it up in your Bible or online, but I am only going to write Jesus’s explanation to his disciples here. It’s from verses 19-23. Remember that every time Jesus says “the word,” he’s referring to the word of the kingdom.
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. And the one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word, and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit, and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty.”
So the word of the kingdom is the seed. Have you found yourself less worried over the last few days as you seek His kingdom? I hope so, because worry is the thorny ground that chokes the word and makes it unfruitful.
God, please make us fruitful not only for our own good, but for the sake of your kingdom. Amen.
Today I’m going to replace my worries with this thought: THE WORD OF THE KINGDOM IS A SEED. MAKE ME GOOD SOIL SO IT CAN FLOURISH.
* New American Standard Bible verses used in the paperback version of this devotional with permission from The Lockman Foundation, http://www.Lockman.org.