The story about the farmer sowing seed is one of my favorite bible stories.
It goes like this:
“A farmer went out to sow seed. While he was scattering the seed, some of it fell by the road. The birds came and ate all that seed. Other seed fell on rocky ground, where there was not enough dirt. It grew very fast there, because the soil was not deep. But when the sun rose, it burned the plants. The plants died because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds. The weeds grew and stopped the good plants from growing. But some of the seed fell on good ground. There it grew and made grain. Some plants made 100 times more grain, some 60 times more, and some 30 times more. You people who hear me, listen!” (Mark 13: 3-9).
If you keep reading, Jesus explains the meaning of this story in verses 19-23.
The seeds that fall alongside the road represent people who read God’s truths but simply don’t understand it because the enemy snatches what is in their heart.
The seeds that fall on rocky soil represents people who listen and accept God’s truths. But, since their roots are shallow, when trouble comes their way, they quickly abandon truth for their old way of living.
The seeds that fall among the thorny weeds represents people who allow worry and money to override truth. These weeds prevent a full harvest from growing.
Finally, the seeds that fall on good soil represent the people who hear, understand, and act upon the truth allowing for a plentiful and overflowing harvest.
Friend, can I ask where your seeds are falling?
Is God’s truth exiting your heart as quickly as it entered? Are your roots too shallow so that when trouble comes, your old ways take hold?
Have the weeds of life reduced your ability to surrender and trust God to provide for you? Or are you fully reaping in God’s amazing harvest, wondering how you deserve such a blessing?
While it is my prayer that each of you are reaping in God’s glorious abundance, I know that many seeds (including mine!) are falling short.
Some days I can’t even get out of bed and the enemy has a stronghold on my heart. Other days, worry overtakes my ability to surrender and trust God to provide for me in His perfect timing. Add to this, my shallow roots caused by not steeping myself into God’s Word and well, let’s just say my harvest produces far less than God wishes.
The encouragement I have for you today is not to give up.
It is easy to get frustrated at our inability to keep God center in our lives. To trust Him enough to surrender our worries over to Him and to not allow the enemy to take a strong hold in our heart.
But, it is possible, if we decide to show up.
Showing up each day despite how you feel is an absolute must. By showing up, you are taking daily steps toward reaping the harvest that God wants for you.
How do you show up?
While everyone’s showing up looks different, for me it requires one-on-one time with God, reading His Word, praying, and talking to Him through journaling.
It requires surrender and trust so that when worries come (as they always do!), I don’t allow them to take hold in my heart but rather lift them up and pass them over to God.
It means holding loosely the assignments God has for me.
And it means letting God direct my day, allowing Him to be in the driver seat of life.
Friend, I encourage you right now to spend some time thinking about how you can show up for God everyday. Write it out and stick it on your bathroom mirror as a daily reminder.
God knows we are a work in progress. Let’s not forget this ourselves! But, let’s not stop there. Let’s work with God to take daily first steps, over and over again, so that God can use our obedience to produce the soil needed to receive His abundant harvest.
Now, before I go, I would love to hear from you. Let me know how you show up for God everyday. Also, if you ever need prayer requests, please let me know! It is such an honor to pray for you, my online family.
Praying you through dear friend,
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