How To Grow Grow Grow
Posted: Thursday, February 19
Verse of the day:
Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown. (Mark 4:20)
In Mark 4:1-20 we read the Parable of the Sower. One of the jobs of a Christian is to grow. The apostle Paul had some hard rebukes for Christians who were not growing (Hebrews 5:11-14; 1 Corinthians 3:1-2). Are you growing in your walk with the Lord? Are you producing good fruit and lots of it (4:20)? The Parable of the Sower presents two factors necessary for growth. They are the seed and the soil. First off, let me say that there is nothing wrong with the seed. The seed is the Word of God (4:14). Now, a lack of seed in your life is a problem. Keep the seed coming. Have regular devotions, come to church, listen to Christian music, listen to an audio Bible, take notes during pastor’s sermons, attend Bible studies and watch Bible videos. Whatever it takes, get the Word inside. Hide it in your heart. It can’t grow if it’s not there.
The other factor for growth is the soil. What’s the soil of your heart like? Is it time for some serious spiritual tilling of the ground (4:15) through prayer and the Word? Don’t let the devil steal the Word from your life (4:15). Instead, use it against him like Jesus did (Matthew 4:1-11). Is it time to pick rocks and pull weeds? It’s true. Trouble may come because of the Word (4:17), but the Word also brings strength to face the troubles. It’s true. The things of this world may be tempting (4:19) but the promises of God’s Word are better than anything this world has to offer. I know this parable is usually used to talk about people getting saved, but I also know that God doesn’t want us to stop growing once we’ve produced our first crop. He wants us to keep growing and producing fruit. Here are the words of an old Sunday School song I learned as a child. “Read your Bible, pray every day, and you’ll grow, grow, grow. Neglect your Bible, forget to pray and you’ll shrink, shrink, shrink.” It’s true