(Mark 12:30) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
The parable of the seed and the sower describes how we hear and receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The seeds that fell on the path eaten by the birds are those who hear but do not understand and the seed sown is snatched away by Satan. The seed on the rocky places are those who hear the Word and receive it with joy but it has not taken root in their heart and the persecutions of life come and they fall away in discouragement and depression and they lose faith. The seed that fell among the thorns are for those who hear the Word but the many worries of life with family, work and finances stunt its growth and trust and faith in God and His love for you gets choked out by all the worries of the world.
The second and third scenarios are “part time believers.” They only believe and have faith when everything is going well, but when trouble comes, their joy leaves and their faith dies. Do you fit into either of these two categories? Are you a “part time believer” believing in God and worshipping Him when things are good or maybe you think because you go to church on Sunday everything is ok but the rest of the week you can be found at the neighborhood bar or at home smoking a joint? We are to come out from the world and be separate! Not to be “holier than thou” but because that life will eventually destroy us! (I John 2:15-17) “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world– the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does– comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
The last seed is the one that fell in good soil and the roots grew deep and the seed grew and produced a bountiful crop. This is the person that receives the Word and understands it; it takes root in his heart and he truly does belong to God; he is the “full time believer” who is eternally God’s child and will believe and trust in God no matter what; in good times or in bad. He understands that our life here on earth is, but a breath and it is preparation for where we will spend eternity. He knows that it is only in Christ that we have the promise of eternal life in heaven and lives his life on earth with that knowing in his heart. (John 14:6) “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Does your heart truly belong to God or are you having a little trouble with your faith when the going gets rough? Do you want your own children or family members to love you at all times; when you are happy and generous, when you are angry and in a bad mood and on the war path, when you are down on your luck and your wallet is empty and when you are sad and depressed? Well, the Lord went through trials and tribulations while He walked the earth and He overcame. He wants us to love Him at all times as well. He went through trials so He could understand us in our weaknesses. (Hebrews 2:14) “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death– that is, the devil.” His humanity helps Him to understand our weakness and temptations. (Hebrews 2:17-18) “For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” He overcame and as we trust and keep trusting in Him we will too. (John 16:33) “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
God is our refuge and He loves us unconditionally and loved us while we were sinning against Him and He still chose to die for us. (Romans 5:8) “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” How can you ever doubt that love? So in return trust in His unconditional, sacrificial love for us and trust and love Him at all times; He is your refuge and your “ever present help in times of trouble.” (Psalm 62:8) “Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.” If you truly believed and received Him as Lord with a sincere heart then you are truly born again and He is your Heavenly Father and you are His child; a child of God! Rejoice! (John 3:3) “I tell you the truth; no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” (John 3:5-6) “I tell you the truth; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.” This means, that upon receiving Jesus, you are filled with the Holy Spirit, your heart is changed, and you are made alive in Christ, when before you were dead in your transgressions. (Romans 6:8-11) “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, He cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over Him. The death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”
When you receive Jesus, you receive His Spirit into your heart and the fruit of His Spirit which makes you a new creation in Christ. You will feel His love and peace within, and you will be just as loving to others in return. (II Corinthians 5:17) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” Is your faith sincere and do you truly love God at all times; in the good and the bad? Search your heart and if there are any doubts, go to God in prayer and ask Him to reveal your doubts and help your with them. He is faithful and will answer. He loves you and longs to bless you!
(Jeremiah 29:11-14) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and bring you back from captivity.”