COVID-19 SCHEDULE IN EFFECT: Sunday morning worship service will be in our parking lot this Sunday at 11:00am so bring your chairs and water. We will also be streaming LIVE on Zoom.us, Tim Rempel's Facebook LIVE, then posted to his YouTube channel and here on our website. We hope to see you here!

Daily Devotion for June 18th, 2020

Matthew 13:8-9 “But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!”

The parable of the four soils in Matthew 13 has always intrigued me. I can see JESUS, sitting in the boat...all alone. I imagine HE got in that boat to separate HIMSELF from the immense crowds that were following HIM. And as HIS boat gently rocked, did the birds themselves quiet down to hear their CREATOR's voice? Could the people, so compelled to follow the SON, do anything but listen to the voice of the KING? They clung to HIM, most without knowing why.....and HE shared this story with them:

Listen! A FARMER went out to plant some seed. As HE scattered it across HIS field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.”

Their hearts were hard. GOD's “Good News” message never had a chance.

“Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The plants sprang up quickly, but they soon wilted beneath the hot sun and died because the roots had no nourishment in the shallow soil.”

Shallow, unimpacting faith due to spiritual starvation (no Bible-feeding time).

“Other seeds fell among thorns that shot up and choked out the tender blades.”

Limited impact faith: faith contaminated by distracting worries and the world.

“But some seeds fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”

Recklessly abandoned, never holding back faith! All words and actions point to the SON.

Which one are you????

Sidewalk Prophets wrote a song called “Live Like That,” speaking about that fertile soil in Matthew 13:8....

Sometimes I think...what will people say of me?

When I'm only just a memory?

When I'm home where my soul belongs?

Was I love....When no one else would show up?

Was I JESUS to the least of those?

Was my worship more than just a song?

I want to live like that! And give all I have!

So that everything I say and do points to YOU!

If love is who I am....then this is where I'll stand!

Recklessly abandoned, never holding back!

I want to live like that!

Am I proof, that YOU are Who YOU say YOU are?

That grace can really change a heart?

Do I live like YOUR love is true?

People pass, and even if they don't know my name,

Is there evidence that I've been changed?

When they see me, do they see YOU?

I want to live like that! And give it all I have!

So that everything I say and do points to YOU!

If love is who I am...then this is where I'll stand!

Recklessly abandoned, never holding back!

I want to live like that!

I want to show the world the love YOU gave for me.

I'm longing for the world to know the glory of the KING!!!!

I want to live like THAT!!! And give it ALL I have!!!

So that EVERYTHING I say and do points to YOU!!!

If love is who I am...then this where I'll STAND!!!

Recklessly abandoned, NEVER holding back!!!!

I WANT to live like THAT!!!!!

LORD, do what you have to do to make us a family of seeds in the “fertile soil!” Give us the desire and courage to live our faith “like THAT,” right where we are!!! AMEN!!!!

Leave a Comment

Comments for this post have been disabled.