May 22 Devotional

Sorry for the delay today! I spent most of the morning editing this week’s service video! Hope you’re all doing well and we’re holding your breath waiting for today’s devotional 🙂  Don’t forget! The service will be live at 10 AM on Sunday on YOUTUBE.
This week we’ll be studying Luke 8:4-21 together on Sunday! The text says:
And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable, “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold.” As he said these things, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, he said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that ‘seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.’ Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.
“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
I’m guessing many of you have read this parable before! It’s one of Jesus’ more well known stories. The primary character is the seed that is being sowed, and as Jesus tells us later in the story, that seed is God’s Word. God spreads his word seemingly indiscriminately any and everywhere he can. Despite the resistance of some of the soil, God continues spreading His seed there. It doesn’t matter if it’s a hard path, if there’s weed nearby, or if there’s rock, God will continue spreading His seed anywhere. Similarly, we should do our best to be indiscriminate in our sowing of God’s Word. But it’s not just in the sowing or sharing of God’s Word, it must go further than that to influence our lives. 
Jesus ends the explanation of the parable ends with the need to bear fruit. This is sharing God’s Word with others, but it’s also a changed life. The next parable is about a light. Light is useful for seeing (if you didn’t know!) If you have a light and then hide the light it’s useless! Jesus is saying that’s nonsensical. Instead, when we are the good soil and have allowed God’s Word to take root in our lives we must then become a light, an example to the watching world. Then, the culmination of all this is the last story with Jesus’ family. Jesus says that the point of hearing God’s Word, of shining as a light, is to be a part of his family, of his kingdom. This isn’t meant to diminish the significance of family, but instead to have different priorities. Your priority to God should far exceed your closest earthly connections. That’s what it means to hear God’s Word and do it!
Today’s song is by one of my favorite bands from high school (who also has one of the best drummers I’ve ever watched) called Mutemath, and the song is called ‘Control’ you can listen to it on YOUTUBE or SPOTIFY.
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