Posted by: Larry Hoekman | February 10, 2015

Words in Red – Choose to listen!

Day 1941: Jesus – the story teller! 

Scripture:   “Listen to this!  A farmer went out to plant some seed.  As he was scattering the seed, some fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground without much soil and quickly sprang up because there was no depth of soil.  However, it soon wilted under the heat of the sun because it had no root system.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants so they did not produce any grain.  Still other seed fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even one hundred times what had been planted.”  And then He added, “Anyone who has ears to hear, let him hear.”  Mark 4:3-9

Context:  Jesus was teaching by a lake and the crowd became so big that He went into a boat because the people had crowded up to the edge of the lake.

Thoughts/questions: Jesus often spoke to them in parables!  Stories that actually placed an obstacle in the potential path of the intrigued crowd and required them to do more than just blindly follow.  No, they now had to choose to decide if it was worth the effort, and then think past the earthly nature of the story and transcend the story into the spiritual.

Jesus wants us to do the same – He didn’t die for us so that we could casually follow Him.  We are to choose Him above all and to think (consider/reflect/analyze/apply) deeply about His teachings!  That’s His challenge to us.  Are you up to the task?

Suggested Prayer:  Jesus, I desire to follow You completely . . .

 

 

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