Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Are You Receptive?

Luke 8:15
But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

God gives bread to the eater and seed to the sewer. God gives us seed because he’s expecting us to do something with it. Everything we need God gives us in seed form. What’s amazing about a seed is that it is potential locked in something small that does not grow until it is deposited into the ground. God gives us potential harvests every year but the results are determined on whether or not we are receptive to the seeds God has sown.

Jesus said that there are four types of ground or people who receive the seed of God’s word every year. The seed is God’s word and the ground represents our heart. What happens to our seed is determined by the condition of our soil or our hearts. There are four kinds:
  1. Hard hearted people hear the word but because they are so indifferent and hardened by life experiences the devil comes to snatch the word or God’s seed before it can even take effect on their hearts.
  2. Emotional hearts. They get excited about the word but don’t make a connection through being relationally rooted. These are the people who get Goosebumps but don’t surrender to God. They come to church but don’t get connected to a small group and therefore no crop.
  3. Congestive heart failure. They are choked by life’s worries, riches, and pleasures and never mature. So many other things are in their heart that God gets choked out.
  4. Good hearts. These are people whose hearts have been broken and they have removed things out of the way so that God can now come in.
    • They hear the word, they are not just listening but they actually hear God speaking to them.
    • Retain the word. They keep in mind and in their memory what God is saying. David said, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
    • They persevere. They keep going even when it gets hard. You don’t produce a harvest by just dropping the seed in the ground; you have to work that field! You have to keep going even when it gets hard.
    • They produce a crop. These people actually manifest fruit after they have allowed the word to work in their lives.
Dear God,

I’m receptive to the possibilities of producing a crop for you this year. My heart is in a good place and I’m ready to receive what you have planned out for me. Father take my heart and mold it, take my soul and transform it, I’m receptive to whatever you have for me this year.

In Jesus Name,

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