Week 4, Thursday, Mark 4:1-8, 13-20 (part 2)

 Mark Devotions

by Rev. Sunil Balasundaram

Parable of the Sower

Go to Mark 4: 13-20

[Please do read the passage before (or after) reading the devotion.]

The seed that fell on the good soil produced a large harvest – many times that of the original. Jesus said that these were like people that opened themselves up to God’s working. They actively listened. This is the kind of listening that is intentional, focused, like a mother listening for the sound of her child and/or vice versa. On hearing the Word, they accepted (or gladly received) it. Like a thirsty traveler that drinks water after hours of being without it. [Luke 8:15 adds persevering after this.] And finally produces that huge crop. Amazingly this part belongs more to God, if we do the previous three. The reason for the plant is not to just grow, but also to produce fruit. Are you the “fruity” person that God made you to be, and Christ gave His life for?


Prayer: Lord, I want to bear fruit for you. Maybe I’ve been trying too hard on my own, but I don’t always see fruit in my life that other people want to enjoy. Forgive me for not being intentional in my listening to Your Word, or when I have not allowed Your Word to enter my life by obeying it consistently. Gracious Father, I will do that from now on. Bring a rich harvest through me. Amen.

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