Read Matthew 13:1-23
S.O.A.P. Matthew 13:1-23
(Scripture. Observation. Application. Prayer.)
S – The Parable of the Sower
O – Jesus used parables (stories) when speaking to crowds to help us understand spiritual truth by using everyday objects and relationships. Jesus’ parables compel listeners to discover truth, while at the same time concealing the truth from those too lazy or stubborn to see it. For those honestly searching, truth becomes clear. The parable of the sower should encourage spiritual “farmers”, who teach, preach, and seek to lead others to the Lord. Don’t be discouraged if you do not always see results as you faithfully teach the Word. It is a miracle of God’s Holy Spirit using your words to produce faith in Christ. When speaking in parables, Jesus was not hiding truth from sincere seekers, those receptive to spiritual truth understood the illustrations. Four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness. Some are hardened, others are shallow, others are contaminated by distracting worries, and some are receptive. What kind of soil are you?
A – I want to be good soil. I want to be receptive to God’s Word and understand His teachings through parables. My focus is to spend time with God (even if only a minute each) 2-3 times a day and have weekly Sabbaths on Sundays. By meeting with and resting in God throughout the day and dedicating an entire day to His goodness, my soil will be fertile and able to produce good fruit.
P – Dear Lord, thank you for sending your Son Jesus in the flesh to show and teach us about who you are. Thank you for your miracles performed through Jesus so that we may believe in you. Convict my heart to spend time resting in you 2-3 times a day and also to dedicae one day each week as my “Sabbath” day. Thank you for leading me to books and other resources that teach me about you and how to have a more intimate, lasting relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.