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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, July 9, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
“Path” people, like many of the religious leaders, refused to believe God’s message. “Rock” people, like many in the crowds who followed Jesus, believed his message but never got around to doing anything about it. “Thorn patch” people, overcome by worries and the lure of materialism, left no room in their lives for God. “Good soil” people, in contrast to all the other groups, followed Jesus no matter what the cost. Which type of soil are you? (NLT)
Luke 8:9-15 – His disciples asked him what the story meant. He replied, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I am using these stories to conceal everything about it from outsiders, so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled: ‘They see what I do, but they don’t really see; they hear what I say, but they don’t understand.’
“This is the meaning of the story: The seed is God’s message. The seed that fell on the hard path represents those who hear the message, but then the Devil comes and steals it away and prevents them from believing and being saved. The rocky soil represents those who hear the message with joy. But like young plants in such soil, their roots don’t go very deep. They believe for a while, but they wilt when the hot winds of testing blow. The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. But the good soil represents honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s message, cling to it, and steadily produce a huge harvest.”
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. –Matthew 12:33 (NIV)
Monica A. Andermann (New York) titled her story “CLING AND GROW;” here is a portion of Monica’s story:
“My friend Elizabeth can grow anything in her garden; she seems to have just the right touch. During a visit to her home, I marveled at how the cucumber vines thrived under her care, so unlike my own puny harvest. When I looked at her vegetable patch, I noticed a high trellis. . . .
“Our Lord wants the same for us. God wants us to reach up and to spread out, multiplying God’s blessings. Like the cucumber vines, we need something to cling to. Scripture provides us with the foundation we need: the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes, and much, much more. When we cling to God’s word – study it, commit it to memory, and put it into practice – then we can freely share the good news by word and example.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – We are nourished by God’s word.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the gift of scripture. Help us to live by your word and to grow in your grace. Amen.
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