|Time Of Christ: The Receiver
Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
Anyone playing sports knows that after one receives the ball they must either run with it or toss it to score a point. Godís word is meant to be received and carried to the goal line, but it is also meant to be toss to those around you. As disciples of God it is our duty to sow the seed of truth of Godís word to those around us. Yet when doing so the seed does not always land in fertile places. Sometimes a seed never takes root, so when hardship comes or tribulation they are destroyed or cut off. Yet it maybe that those that going to hardship never knew how to face it with Jesus, they knew they could rely, but had not retained or grabbed hold of Godís word completely. People going through trial are sometimes like a fish that is caught and is flipping and flopping on the shore trying hard to get to water. Not knowing how far it might have to travel to get to the water of safety. One either learns to trust in God and rely on his word before a trial or during the storms in life. Yet until a trial comes, one faith has not been tested to be proven rooted in the ground. Nice thing about God is he has the ability or dig a hole and stick the word in until we are mature enough to handle the trials and tribulations in our journey by learning to trust in Him. Some people are like samplings in a bucket of water, needing only to be planted in fertile soil to hopefully grow.
However seeds are a little different then samplings, they must take root to grow. Dampen a paper towel and put seeds between and see if the seeds will not sprout. Yet even sprouts can not survive long without dirt and soil to make it grow. Out in the heat from the sun to long and it will dry up with no chance to grow when planted, it only buried to never return. Faith is like that if one never is planted in fertile soil of faith. In soil that nurtures faith, hope and love. The scorching heat is like trial and not enough water or production of the earth soil to produce growing, it can not and will not grow. Add the truth to fertilize faith and you have seeds growing in fertilized soil and love that encourages, new growth. If a tornado comes the roots hold in the ground by the power of God. If hurricane comes, the rain is soaked up and used for Godís glory. And if the heat bakes the tender plants, the water of God cools the plant with truth.
Actually the story of the sower is a warning to those receiving the word of God, they must remain in soil that will help them produce, in order to endure with whatever life deals. For those are not planted by the word of God or planted in fertile soil, often find itself rejecting and denying the word of God and its truth. Faith comes from hearing the word of God but one has to be able to receive it and pass it on.
Is your heart fertile soil for the Lord to receive the word of God has truth and to receive His salvation plan through Christ Jesus. Can you receive the word of life into your heart today. You can not become a plant without a seed from God, all you are is dirt or dried up sprout with to much sun or water and no soil.
Dear Heavenly Father may the truth of Godís word be planted in our hearts and may it find fertile soil that produces good fruit of love, hope and faith. In Jesus precious name, Amen.