Ben Parker’s message, “Are you good dirt?” (August 26, 2012) from the Luke 8 parable by Jesus of The Sower and the Seeds hit me hard. First, Ben made it really clear that everyone in the room was included in the message: “You are one of these four types of dirt; there is no fifth choice.”
Then he laid out, simply and quickly, the four types of dirt just as Jesus described them: first, the seed that fell on a stony path and was quickly destroyed underfoot (those who don’t listen and — surprise — can’t hear God speaking to them); then second, the seed that fell on rocky dirt, initially took root, but then died quickly (those who get all excited and emotional on Sunday but quickly get discouraged and lose faith when the trials of Monday through Saturday happen); then the third soil that was full of weeds (the worries and pleasures of life that distract and choke out obedient faith); and finally the seed that falls on deep, rich, fertile dirt (a mind and heart that listens, hears, accepts and obeys the truth of God’s word).
Then the sobering statement was…
Most American Christians are the third kind of dirt: full of the weeds of life that distract and choke out genuine faith and obedient disciplship.
So that left me thinking…
What is the worry and anxiety of my life that keeps me from enjoying the abundant John 10:10 life Jesus has promised those who follow hard after him?
What is the pleasure of my life that too easily and too quickly distracts me from obediently following Jesus?
Thanks Ben for good, honest truth. Direct. Personal. Biblical. Good stuff.
Resting in Him,