New Years Resolution #1 – eat less junk food (lasted 2 days before the family hit Macca’s again)
New Year’s Resolution #2 – get fit (false start – perhaps try again in February)
New Year’s Resolution #3 – read my bible everyday (ummm)
Anything that is worth doing is going to be hard work. Why? Because the outcome will be significant.
What significant outcome do you hope for in your Christian Walk this year?
Jesus spoke in parables to challenge his hearers. Those consumer Christians, looking for a quick fix went away quite unsatisfied, whilst those willing to chew on what Jesus had served them came away knowing, owning and applying the deep truths about God and their relationship with Him.
The often miss-titled parable in Luke 8:1-15 is not so much about the sower, as it is about the soils. Are you hard to the gospel, accepting of the gospel but without strong roots, are you so influenced by the world that the gospel is choked out of your life, or are you ready to do hard work in your Christian walk nurturing the gospel, weeding out dark influences in your life, or even being willing to replant yourself into more fertile ground to ensure growth? If you are like me you have probable felt like each of these soils at different times.
In 2012 I started going to the gym. I really had no excuse as I lived across the road from one. The gym hurts. But I know this hurt is producing the significant outcome I desired. I knew this pain was from my micro tears in my muscles that would heal over the next few days to form stronger muscles. But this took persistence, routine, and endurance. The same is true in growing in our knowledge and love of God. If I seriously want to grow in my knowledge, love and obedience of God I need persistence, routine and endurance to delve deep into the word of God.
Have another look at today’s passage and choose just one aspect of it, and start to drill down into it. What does it really mean, how are you like this or not like this, what is one aspect of your life that this passage affects? Work hard on that.
Are you feeling the pain? Is it hard work? Keep it up. Feel the growth.