And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable: A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand. Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:4-15)
Today's Morsel: I have come to realize that most people only hear what they want to hear. Many people don't listen to what they are being told because they already have their own idea as to the answer they want. Many people could be out of debt, out of trouble, or out of hardships, if they would just listen. I have become mesmerized by the number of folks who say that they are Christians but will not listen to their pastor or the Word of God. When Jesus told the parable of the sower, His disciples didn't understand what He was saying and so they asked Him to explain it to them. Jesus told them that the seed was the Word of God and how a person heard it would determine if they became fruitful or not. We are sent forth to bear fruit and active listening is key to us being fruitful, being successful and even preventing us from being led astray and discouraged. When we are obedient, the Word will take root and will become fruitful.
Sing: He's changing me, my blessed Savior, I'm not the same person that I use to be. Well it's being slow going, but there's a knowing that someday perfect I will be.