2.25.2015 Wednesday of Lent 1 Mark 4:1-20 The Parable of the Sower
Good soil – receptive hearts – lives the Word. This is how you can expect good seed to be productive – to bear fruit. Sharing His story with others – we all know the Gospel hymn, “I love to tell the story” but do we even tell the story? Or, are we embarrassed, or fearful to share the message of Christ with family, neighbors, co-workers? The world was literally turned upside down by twelve men who had a simple yet powerful message, we have seen Jesus alive from the dead. “We are witnesses of these things!” That message has not changed in over 2,000 years. People still need to hear that message, and the only person to tell that message is you!
We serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness. The second way in which the world was literally turned upside down was by the changed lives of these witnesses. You might be the only Bible another person will ever read! Our church and school will grow only by people being drawn to the Savior, yet He chooses to work through means. Your efforts will not be in vein.
As He has sown good seed, so we should also demonstrate with our lives His works. By means of vocation. J. S. Bach would sign every work with three Latin words. “Soli Deo Gloria,” which translates, “To God Alone Be the Glory.” This leads us to ask the question, do we give God the credit only when we are successful? In everything we do, to God be the glory. May He alone get the credit. By means of serving others, our neighbor, with the talents, abilities, and gifts the Lord has given you.
How true it is. Good soil, receptive hearts, produces good fruit as it is connected to the Word. Be a people who hears the Word, understands the Word, and then, with thankful hearts, live the Word in your daily lives.
Bless us, O God, in this holy season, in which our hearts seek your help and healing; and so purify us by your discipline that we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.