What I do with God’s Word will determine how meaningful my life will be.
Jesus compares the Word of God to seed. What happens to seed? Luke 8:4-21
1. It is eaten by the birds before it ever grows into a plant- I hear the Word of God but do not act on it. It never impacts my life.
2. It grows into a plant but then withers away -I hear and act on the Word of God until difficulties come. When difficulties come, I let my relationship with God dry up and wither away. Because I fail to continue in the Word, I never become firmly rooted and grounded in His love for me.
3. It grows into a plant but is choked to death by thorns – I hear and act on the Word of God but then other things become more important. I am consumed with worries, riches and pleasures. I am no longer consumed with the Word of God.
4. It grows and produces a crop that is 100 times as great as the original seed – I hear and act on the Word of God. With an honest and open heart, I accept the truth of God’s Word. I hold it fast even when difficulties come. I am not drawn away by the worries, riches and pleasures of this world. I abide in the Word of God.
What is abiding? I like to define abiding this way: Realizing my dependence on God, I choose to stay connected to Him by spending time in His Word, letting Him work in me and through me to accomplish His purpose.
Bearing fruit is not a result of my efforts. It is a result of abiding in the living Word of God.
Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you. Colossians 3:16
Jesus wants compared us, believers, to branches of a vine. “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5). Christ has given us an open invitation to feast in the minerals and nutrients that, Himself as the vine supple the branches. The Psalmist compared those who abide in the word of the Lord as trees planted by the river. In another instance, David rejoiced knowing the Lord led him by still waters. We have this joy and peace as we are assured the Lord, gives us our daily bread as we abide in Him.
So many wonderful analogies. Thanks for sharing.
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