Let’s look at a section of scripture that has been taught a thousand times over. It’s commonly referred to as the Parable of the Sower. Personally I think it should be the Parable of the Soil because there is much more content as it pertains to the soil (the receiver) than the Sower (the giver). This parable is found in three of the four gospels (Matthew 13, Mark 4 and Luke 8). It is a good habit to gather the gospel variations together and read as a whole when they share the same story. It’s similar to looking at a cube…. Each gospel shows a slightly different face of the cube.
Now let’s look at these different soils, or earths…
The first type of soil is the WAYSIDE. In other words, along a path.
Think about a path. What happens on a path? What is a path’s purpose? Travel and movement occurs on paths. People, perhaps many people, using the path to get from one place to another. A path is not a stopping point but an active passageway. A path is well worn with first time passersby’s and repetitive travelers. A well-worn path is hard and solidified. Like a hiking trail – used, exposed and clearly defined with little to no vegetative growth.
Can seeds survive on a path like this? No.
ASK YOURSELF: What path’s in my life are well worn? How many paths in my life have become common? What are the well-worn paths in my life that God’s seed cannot penetrate?
How many of your actions do you no longer question because it has become so common, even robotic? It’s autopilot.
Evaluate Commonly Heard Statements:
“What goes around, comes around.”
“You got a taste of your own medicine.”
“I wanted to give that guy a piece of my mind.”
“Did you catch a cold?”
“If the shoe fits, wear it.”
“You made your bed, you sleep in it.”
“Carma is a ____”
“It takes two to tango.”
“When it rains, it pours.”
“It is what it is.”
“I’ll forgive, but I won’t forget.”
“I have to love you but I don’t have to like you.”
Remember in the Garden after Adam took and ate what was not permissible? God asks “Where are you?” For all intense and purposes, Adam replies, “I am naked.” What did God respond with? He said, “WHO TOLD YOU?” (See Genesis 3)
Apply this to yourself. Who taught you the above statements… or any saying, way of thinking, habits? God did not teach these. These are not Kingdom concepts.
Let’s look at John 3:16 and Proverbs 4:12 for a moment…
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Believes – Believe and KEEPS ON BELIEVING… Believing require obedience. Continually over a lifetime. (The rest of this verse is for a lesson all together different.)
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.
We must believe and adhere to THE WAY and not make our OWN WAY by choice or unconscious habit.
What worldly conceptions have you adopted that you no longer question? This is your well-worn path.
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