Prepare for the Harvest - Saturday, November 23rd 2013
"O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open."
In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus shares a parable about our hearts. In the way only Jesus can, He reveals our hearts through the image of a seed and the ground it falls upon. This parable helps us understand the need for our hearts to be open to God's Word. In one scenario, the Word lands on a rocky heart that is not willing to even consider the Truth of God and because of its hardness, the enemy comes to remove the seed of God's Word. Another scenario displays a seed that begins to take root but then finds itself wrapped in the weeds of this world, eventually choking out the effect of God's Word. The good news is that when we come to God with an open heart, the seed of His Word will change our life.
Mark 4:8 "But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty and some a hundred." NKJV
When we come to God and His Word, we should have open ears to hear the Word, open hearts that love and are not easily offended, open hands willing to give and open eyes to see the goodness of God. When we come to Him this way, like freshly tilled soil, we become ready for the seed of God's Word and will produce beautiful fruit for the Lord. Open your heart to Him today and get ready for the harvest.
Life Lesson: We should have open ears, open hearts, open hands and open eyes.
Forgive me for times when I have hardened my heart to Your Word or have allowed the weeds of this world to rob me of the Truth. Father, I give You my heart and ask that You break up any hardness and prepare it to produce the fruits of the Spirit in my life. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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