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Mark 4:18-19 ” Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the Word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the Word, making it unfruitful.”

In the Parable of the Sower, the seed (the Word of God) is sown among the thorns…obstructing its growth.  When as a Believer, we don’t see fruit in our lives, we need to be asking ourselves – “What’s distracting me from God’s plan and purpose in my life?”   The world’s frenzy is enough to distract us from what really matters, so we need to prioritize everything by these categories:  God first, family next, world last.   Distracted faith is as bad a luke-warm faith…it’s a unfruitful faith that God can’t use.

Mark 4:16-17 ” Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the Word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the Word they quickly fall away.”

In these verses from the Parable of the Sower we see the Word of God being sown over rocky ground.  The plants  spring up, but because they have no adequate root system, they die off  quickly.  In the Amplified Version of the Bible it gives us insight into this shallow faith. It states in Mark 4:17,  ” And they have no real root in themselves, and so they endure for a little while; then when trouble or persecution arises on account of the Word, they immediately are offended (become displeased, indignant, resentful) and they stumble and fall away.”  So how can we pray for this person? They have to go deeper.  In I Timothy 3:9 it talks about keeping ahold of the deep truths of the faith…the divine secrets, revealed truths, and revelations from God.  To move from shallow faith to a vibrant and intimate relationship with the Lord,  a person has to go deeper with God…allowing Him to speak to them through the Scriptures, revealing important truths to them.   And with these new revelations, they are then able to send roots of trust down deep.

Mark 4:15 ” Some people are like seed along the path, where the Word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the Word that was sown in them.”

This is from the Parable of the Sower, where the farmer sows the Word…the Logos…the Word of God,  onto a hard-packed path.  The seed just sits on top of the surface, unable to germinate and grow because of the hardpan – the unbroken subsoil beneath.  To have a hardened heart towards the Gospel is to have an indifference towards the things of God…or to have an unfeeling conscience.  So how can we pray for that person?  We can ask the Lord to plow up that hard soil of rebellion in their life… that the Word of God may germinate and flourish there.

Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ “

When we compare the actions of Zacchaeus and the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-22 we can see quite a contrast.  Where Zacchaeus spontaneously offered to donate his great wealth to the needy…the rich young ruler, when challenged by Jesus to sell everything he owned and give the money to the poor, left unwilling.  True repentance changes us from the inside out.  It transforms our heart, causing us to alter our actions and way of thinking to that of Christ’s.

Mark 10:16 ” And He took the children in His arms, put His hands on them and blessed them.”

The persistent crowds followed Jesus wherever  He went…pressing close and clamoring for attention.  But in this Scripture we see a completely different picture of the Lord.  He’s holding little ones on His lap…taking the time to hug and cuddle babies and toddlers…seemly unaware of the crowds around Him.  Jesus was practicing the gift of unhurried joy.  Of taking the time to show someone just how important they are with no regard to time, schedules, or deadlines.  Our greatest gift to someone we love, is unhurried time with them…calm, peaceful, focused time – not glancing at our watches or phones, but rather at them.  Who in your life today needs to receive the gift of your unhurried time?

Mark 14:18 ” While they were reclining at the table eating, He said, ‘ I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me – one who is eating with Me.’ “

Unfortunately, Jesus could say this of many of us.  We like to hang out with Jesus, but when the going gets tough,  we break faith.  Fear, embarrassment, not wanting to offend, wishing to be politically correct will all cause us to deny Him to some degree.  When someone questions our religion, or mocks  our Christian walk  we cave and shy away from taking a stand.  Yes, we love to just hang with Jesus…but only when we’re not forced into a difficult situation and have to choose.

Mark 10:15 ” I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

In a toddler’s mind,  all things are pretty simple…their priorities are food, sleep, and play.  They trust at face value… always looking for the good in things.  So as an adult,  why can’t we do the same thing when it comes to the Gospel Message?  Why can’t we readily accept and embrace the Kingdom of God and everything that goes with it? It’s sadly because the World has clouded and distorted our perception.  The Gospel Message doesn’t need to be over-thought…there’s no hidden agenda or bait and switch tactics involved.  You get what you see with God and His Word…for He is trustworthy and true, and His promises will never fail.