SATURDAY, MAY 13
Scripture: Mark 4:1-8
Mark 4:1-8 says, “And again He began to teach by the sea. And a great multitude was gathered to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat in it on the sea; and the whole multitude was on the land facing the sea. Then He taught them many things by parables, and said to them in His teaching: ‘Listen! Behold, a sower went out to sow. And it happened, as he sowed, that some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it. Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away. And some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.’” Jesus began to teach something extremely important – He began to teach the mystery of the Kingdom. He said there are four different kinds of soil in every one of us. Wayside soil is soil that has not been plowed. Stony ground is soil where the rocks have not been removed. Thorny ground is soil where the thorns have not been removed. Good ground is soil that has been plowed, tilled, and the hindrances have been removed. There is major work and vigilance involved in developing good ground. Most of us have the four different kinds of soil within us. There are some truths we cannot hear because we have not plowed the ground. There are some truths we cannot hear because we have not removed the rocks. Jesus was teaching the mystery of the Kingdom. But are we applying it that way? Do we need to be praying in the Spirit as we are reading the Word? Do we need to be praying in the Spirit about understanding the Word? Absolutely yes! Plowing, tilling and removing hindrances to our spiritual soil are a lifetime process and one that requires attentiveness including praying in the Spirit. Will we do it?